Summary: Study shows sufficient sleep improves parents’ mental health and overall well-being.

Source: Penn State

New research findings from a multi-university research team that includes Danielle Symons Downs, professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State, show that for new and established parents getting sufficient sleep plays an important role in their mental health and, in turn, life satisfaction.

The research team analyzed sleep, physical activity, mental health and life satisfaction in couples. Their findings, published in the journal Sleep Health, indicated meeting sleep guidelines was associated with better mental health and, in turn, life satisfaction of parents of newborns.

Additionally, positive mental health changes were observed in women, especially for first-time mothers, but no changes were seen for men regardless of parental status.

The research team analyzed sleep, physical activity, mental health and life satisfaction in couples. Image is in the public domain

“Given the well-known decreases in physical activity for most couples with the transition to parenthood and our findings in this study that most parents were not meeting the recommended sleep hours, targeted approaches that adapt intervention dosages to the changing physical activity and sleep needs of couples throughout the perinatal and postpartum periods may be a useful intervention strategy to improve, and ideally sustain, long-term mental health in parents,” Downs explained.

For parents who cannot allot more time in their schedule for sleep, the research team recommends avoiding eating large meals and drinking caffeine close to bed time. This lets the body know that it is time to wind down.

“The study showed that physical activity had a negligible impact on mental health of parents. However, getting the recommended sleep hours was associated with better mental health for parents,” said senior author Alison Divine, a lecturer at the University of Leeds.

“Although it varied, most parents were below recommended sleep hours by approximately one hour. Small improvements in sleep hours could have significant impact for parents’ mental health. This indicates that an intervention prioritizing sleep health education for new parents could make a more positive impact on their quality of life.”

About this sleep and mental health research news

Author: Press OfficeSource: Penn StateContact: Press Office – Penn State
Image: The image is in the public domain

Original Research: Open access.
“The influence of sleep and movement on mental health and life satisfaction during the transition to parenthood” by Alison Divine et al. Sleep Health


Abstract

The influence of sleep and movement on mental health and life satisfaction during the transition to parenthood

Objectives

This study assessed whether sleep and physical activity impact mental health and life satisfaction across the transition to parenthood. This study assessed the impact of parenthood on mental health of new parents and parents expecting their second child, and whether change in mental health occurred dyadically across couples.

Design

Longitudinal 12-month study.

Participants

One hundred and fifty-seven couples (N = 314) between the ages of 25 and 40, who were not expecting to have a child (n = 102), expecting their first child (n = 136), or expecting their second child (n = 76) were recruited.

Measurements

Participants completed measures at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months. Sleep was assessed with how often participants met sleep guidelines (7-9 hours). Physical activity was measured objectively via accelerometers. Mental health was measured using 6 items from the short form-12 Quality of Life Survey. Life satisfaction was assessed with the Satisfaction with Life Scale (5 items).

Results

Mental health was not predicted by physical activity but was predicted by sleep. Sleep at 6 months was positively related to mental health at 6 months (β = 0.156, p

Conclusions

For new and established parents, getting sufficient sleep plays an important role in mental health and, in turn, life satisfaction.

NEWS RELATED

Evolution of emerging anti-Hale region and associated eruptive solar flares

Overview of the solar eruptions in NOAA AR 12882. (a), (b) AIA 335 Å and 211 Å images showing the C2.7 and M1.6 flares on 2021 October 8 and 9, respectively. The yellow arrow points to the main flaring region. (c), (d) Lasco/C2 and Stereo/COR2 difference images showing the ...

View more: Evolution of emerging anti-Hale region and associated eruptive solar flares

Melatonin should be avoided in children unless prescribed, experts warn

Melatonin should be avoided to treat kids unless instructed by a medical professional. Shutterstock The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) is urging parents to consult a health care professional before starting their child on melatonin, according to a recent health advisory. “While melatonin can be useful in treating ...

View more: Melatonin should be avoided in children unless prescribed, experts warn

Exploring how new technologies are changing finance

MIT students team up with Hong Kong students and companies to explore emerging opportunities in fintech.

View more: Exploring how new technologies are changing finance

Lost Judgment PC Performance Analysis

SEGA has released Lost Judgment on PC. Powered by the Dragon Engine, it’s time now to benchmark this game and see how it performs on the PC platform. For this PC Performance Analysis, we used an Intel i9 9900K with 16GB of DDR4 at 3800Mhz, AMD’s Radeon RX580, RX ...

View more: Lost Judgment PC Performance Analysis

Jupiter Could Make Earth Hospitable, Scientists Say

Researchers discovered that the gas giant, which has only existed for a million years in our solar system, spent no time developing into a dominant, gigantic planet. Earth probably wouldn’t have developed tens of millions of years after Jupiter fused without the giant planet’s influence. According to a study published ...

View more: Jupiter Could Make Earth Hospitable, Scientists Say

Breakthrough: Physicists Take Particle Self-Assembly to New Level by Mimicking Biology

The illustration shows how droplets with different DNA strands first combine into chains, which are then programmed to fold into specific geometries, analogous to protein folding. The carpet highlights one folding pathway of a hexamer chain folding into a polytetrahedron. The zoom shows how the formation of DNA double ...

View more: Breakthrough: Physicists Take Particle Self-Assembly to New Level by Mimicking Biology

The process of waves carrying plasma heat is observed for the first time

Heat is carried by electromagnetic waves, which simultaneously slow down the high-speed particle beam (red line) and heat up the plasma particles (green line). Distortion of the velocity distribution is observed due to the acceleration of the particles as a result of the electromagnetic waves. Credit: National Institute for ...

View more: The process of waves carrying plasma heat is observed for the first time

Study identifies a new mechanism involved in the reproductive function

Molecular mechanisms underlying Kiss1 neuronal alterations in KiDKO mice. Relative expression of Kiss1 promoter repressors, Mkrn3, Sirt1, Eap1, Cux1, and members of the Polycomb group, Eed, Cbx7, and Yy1, were analyzed in ARC Kiss1 neurons isolated by FACS from control and KiDKO male and female mice (a) and in ...

View more: Study identifies a new mechanism involved in the reproductive function

'Alice' in Wonderland: World’s first all-electric passenger plane named after famous novel takes to the skies for the FIRST time in Washington to reach 3,500ft as 9-seat plane is set for regional commuters and cargo

Ancient 'shark' from China may be humans' oldest jawed ancestor

Dawn of fishes: Early Silurian jawed vertebrates revealed head to tail

Gene duplication that appears to slow division of cells allows bowhead whales to live longer

Water fleas as 'canaries in a coal mine' offer key to managing chemical pollution

Physicists take self-assembly to new level by mimicking biology

Rare fossil teeth overturn long-held views about evolution of vertebrates

Synergistic catalysts for high-efficiency hydrogen storage

The rise of fishes illuminated by discovery of fossil treasure hoard

Dead fish breathes new life into the evolutionary origin of fins and limbs

Physicists find way to control detonation wave in promising new type of engine

Ancient shark-like fish appeared millions of years earlier than thought

OTHER NEWS

Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand newsVerified News Story Network