Depressed Moms Make Sleepy Babies

A new study reveals that moms who are suffering from depression may be negatively impacting their babies’ sleep. The results of this study show that mothers who are depressed are more likely to make poor choices about when it’s necessary to attend to a child at night.  Researchers at Penn State analyzed babies and their parents over a one week period.  They asked the mothers to keep diaries about their own feelings as well as their child’s sleep habits. The research team later mounted cameras in the rooms of the babies to see how often mothers removed their children from their cribs during the night. Ultimately mothers who were depressed were more likely to be overly worried about their children, thus waking them during the night and disrupting sleep sleep.

Source: MSNBC