Professor, James & Marjorie Livingston Chair, and Associate Dean of Research, UCSF School of Nursing.
Can modifications to the bedroom environment improve the sleep of new parents? Two randomized controlled trials†
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 7–19, February 2011
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Lee, K. A. and Gay, C. L. (2011), Can modifications to the bedroom environment improve the sleep of new parents? Two randomized controlled trials. Res. Nurs. Health, 34: 7–19. doi: 10.1002/nur.20413
Authors wish to acknowledge the research participants for generously giving their time as well as the contributions of the research team that included: Annelise Gardiner, Shih-Yu Lee, Maria Cho, Therese Doan, Valerie Tobin, Claudia Rocha, Naomi Schoenfeld, Suzanne Towns, and Margaret Taffe.
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 SEP 2010
- National Institutes of Health. Grant Number: R01 NR45345
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Postpartum sleep disruption is common among new parents. In this randomized controlled trial we evaluated a modified sleep hygiene intervention for new parents (infant proximity, noise masking, and dim lighting) in anticipation of night-time infant care. Two samples of new mothers (n = 118 and 122) were randomized to the experimental intervention or attention control, and sleep was assessed in late pregnancy and first 3 months postpartum using actigraphy and the General Sleep Disturbance Scale. The sleep hygiene strategies evaluated did not benefit the more socioeconomically advantaged women or their partners in Sample 1, but did improve postpartum sleep among the less advantaged women of Sample 2. Simple changes to the bedroom environment can improve sleep for new mothers with few resources. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 34:7–19, 2011