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Postpartum Mothers' Napping and Improved Cognitive Growth Fostering of Infants: Results From a Pilot Study.
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PMID:  23137338     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Little is known about how maternal sleep disturbances in the postpartum period affect mother-infant interaction. The study was designed to assess if less maternal sleep disturbance and less fatigue were associated with more positive mother-child interaction, independent of maternal depression symptoms. Twenty-three mothers completed 1 week of actigraphy and self-report measures of fatigue and depression symptoms. To determine the quality of mother-infant interaction, mothers and infants were then observed in a structured, video-recorded teaching episode. Greater maternal napping frequency was associated with better cognitive growth fostering of the infant (r(s) = .44, p < .05), a subscale of the interaction assessment. Maternal napping, not the quality or quantity of nocturnal sleep, appears to be associated with improvements in mother-infant interactions.
Cynthia R Ronzio; Edward Huntley; Maureen Monaghan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Behavioral sleep medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1540-2010     ISO Abbreviation:  Behav Sleep Med     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101149327     Medline TA:  Behav Sleep Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
a Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National Medical Center , Washington , DC.
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