Just found out you're pregnant?
There is currently an exciting opportunity for newly pregnant mums to be involved in a new sleep in pregnancy study at the Sleep/Wake Research Centre at Massey University. 'Sleep HAPi' (Sleep Health and Pregnancy Information) is investigating how sleep in pregnancy affects depressive symptoms in women and was initiated in response to some significant findings in maternal sleep and mental health research:
- 97% of women experience sleep disruption in pregnancy
- Sleep and depression are strongly associated
- Women with a prior history of depression are 50% more likely to experience a relapse in pregnancy
- Women who have depression in pregnancy are 50% more to experience postnatal depression
'Sleep HAPi' mums will have the opportunity to learn about general sleep concepts, explore specific pregnancy sleep information, all while reflecting on their own personal sleep patterns and implementing specific sleep improvement strategies relevant to their pregnancy stage.
The study aims to investigate if a sleep education program improves sleep and mental health in both pregnancy and postpartum.
The study involves:
- Measuring your sleep for 6 weeks (2 weeks in each trimester), by wearing a specialised watch-like device and filling out sleep diaries.
- Answering a set of questions in each trimester and at 6 & 12 weeks after birth.
- Taking part in 3 personalised, one-on-one sleep health sessions with a Sleep Scientist (one in each trimester) either in the comfort of your own home or at Massey University.
Do you want to be involved in a world-first study?
- Is this your first baby?
- Are you less than 13 weeks pregnant?
- Have you had a previous history of depression?
You will receive one $50 voucher at the end of the third trimester and one further $20 voucher after both the 6 & 12-week post-birth questionnaires are returned.
For more information, or if you are interested in taking part, please contact Clare and ask about the 'Sleep HAPi' study.
Phone: 0800 MumSleep
Text: 'Sleep' to 5222