Description: The National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 Women and Sleep poll found that 78% of women reported more disturbed sleep during pregnancy than at other times. Several sleep disorders can be caused or made worse by pregnancy. These disorders may include restless legs syndrome (RLS), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and frequent nighttime urination. Once her baby is born, a mother's sleep is frequently interrupted, particularly if she is nursing. New mothers often neglect their own needs. While this may seem like normal behavior from concerned new mothers, neglecting themselves puts their health at risk. In the long run, it may have an adverse effect on both partners but is especially taxing on a mother and may affect her ability to take proper care of her child. Sleep deprivation is one of the most common post-birth side effects as well as one of the most damaging.
Community Health Workers and Home Visitors are often on the front lines of health care for women that are of childbearing age. The importance of sleep for children is something that has recently become a “hot topic” in the media. Sleep is so crucial for many different functions of our bodies, and for the ability to perform on a daily basis. Additionally, safe sleep and prevention of death from unsafe sleeping conditions is an essential topic of anticipatory guidance for all parents of newborn infants.
Report: Maternal Sleep & Sleep in Infants