New Mothers Tend to Have Disrupted Sleep for 6 Years: Study
While birth of a child is a matter of joy to parents, it has drastic effects on first-time mothers’ sleep for up to six years, finds a study.
The findings showed in the first three months after birth, mothers slept one hour less compared with pre-pregnancy period, while father's sleep duration decreased by 15 minutes.
"While having children is a major source of joy for most parents, it is possible that increased demands and responsibilities associated with the role as a parent lead to shorter sleep and decreased sleep quality even up to six years after birth of the first child."
When the children were four-six years old, sleep duration was still about 20 minutes shorter in mothers and 15 minutes shorter in fathers compared with their pre-pregnancy sleep.
A similar time course was also observed for their satisfaction with sleep.
For the study, published in the journal Sleep, the team examined 4,659 parents who had a child between 2008 and 2015.
The amount of time a person sleeps, including daytime naps, is associated with the risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death.
Insufficient sleep is also associated with obesity and behavioural problems in kids.