Babies who don't sleep cause stress
Mothers of babies who wake more in the night are more likely to be be stressed, depressed and suffer poor physical health, a new study has found.
The study undertaken by researchers at the University of Limerick looked at the sleep patterns of nine month old babies and found that half of the infants sometimes woke in the night, though their mothers reported that baby's was not a problem for them.
A quarter of the infants were in a sleep profile where mothers reported that baby's sleep was "a problem", with a third of these mothers reporting "a moderate or large problem."
These mothers tended to have higher levels of education and income than mothers in the other profiles and reported getting an average of less than seven hours sleep a night.
Co-author, Dr Stephen Gallagher, Centre for Social Issues, University of Limerick explains that "Inadequate sleep quantity and quality in infants can have adverse effects on family function, parental stress as well as marital relationships."