A new study has shown that the prenatal or postnatal depression of a mother can lead to problems in the sleep behavior of her infant.
Does your child have sleep problems? If this is the case, your emotions during pregnancy may be responsible, according to a new study that shows that prenatal or postnatal depression can cause problems for mother’s sleep behavior. Research has shown that a high level of happiness in the second and third trimesters was significantly associated with a lower risk of sleep problems in children.
“These findings promote maternal health care and happiness during pregnancy and promote the role of family and community support in supporting mothers,” said lead author Jianghong Liu of the University of Pennsylvania in the States. “This will benefit not only the health of the mothers but also the long-term health of the behavior and sleep of their children,” Liu said.
The study, which was presented at the SLEEP meeting in Baltimore in 2018, included data from 833 kindergartners, who were on average about six years old. The team also described the emotional state of the mothers, including the prenatal/postnatal depressive emotion and happiness, which were perceived during the trimester by a series of questions of their own design using a five-point scale luck and a three-point scale For depression, the results showed a significant mediating effect of the child’s behavior on maternal emotion and infant sleep rate, as the children reported by mothers, prenatal or postnatal depressive emotions were more likely to have trouble sleeping.
The second and third quarters helped prevent sleep problems in children, “Liu said, and the results showed that emotions during pregnancy affect the child’s behavior, which further affects the child’s sleep, Liu said.