Maternal depression and other factors may limit infant sleep

June 10, 2008

Factors linked to sleep loss among six-month-old infants include maternal depression, breastfeeding, and a lower socioeconomic status, according to recent findings.

Factors that may influence sleep loss among six-month-old infants include maternal depression, breastfeeding, and a lower socioeconomic status, according to recent findings.

The investigators, who presented their results at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Baltimore, studied 24-hour sleep duration in 1,676 mother-infant pairs. They also examined daytime nap and nighttime sleep seperately.

Mean infant sleep duration was 12.2 hours per day, the results showed. Infants are recommended to get between 14 and 15 hours of sleep nightly.

Also presented at the APSS meeting, a separate study found that children who are at high risk for a sleep-related breathing disorder may be more likely to have anxiety than those without the disorder.