Is there an association between a Mother's Mood and Her Baby's Sleep Patterns?
born to depressed mothers may have much more chaotic sleep patterns
early in life. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Michigan Health
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — If there's one thing that everyone knows about
newborn babies, it's that they don't sleep through the night, and
neither do their parents. But in fact, those first six months of life
are crucial to developing the regular sleeping and waking patterns,
known as circadian rhythms, that a child will need for a healthy future.
It is crucial to developing the regular sleeping and waking
patterns, known as circadian rhythms, that a child will need for a
Some children may start life with the sleep odds stacked against
them, though, say University of Michigan sleep experts who study the
issue. They will present data from their study next week at the
European Sleep Research Society meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.
Babies whose mothers experienced depression any time before they
became pregnant, or developed mood problems while they were pregnant,
are much more prone to having chaotic sleep patterns in the first
half-year of life than babies born to non-depressed moms, the team has