Relationship between child sleep disturbances and maternal sleep, mood, and parenting stress: a pilot study

J Fam Psychol. 2007 Mar;21(1):67-73. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.21.1.67.


Although sleep disturbances in children are common, little is known about the relationship between children's sleep disruptions and maternal sleep and daytime functioning. Forty-seven mothers completed measures of sleep, depression, parenting stress, fatigue, and sleepiness. Significant differences in maternal mood and parenting stress were found between mothers of children with and without significant sleep disturbances. Regression analyses showed that the quality of the children's sleep significantly predicted the quality of maternal sleep. In addition, maternal sleep quality was a significant predictor of maternal mood, stress, and fatigue. Results from this pilot study support the need for future research examining the relationship between child sleep disturbances and maternal daytime functioning, and they highlight the importance of screening for and treating pediatric sleep disruptions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Affect / physiology*
  • Age Factors
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Child
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Fatigue / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Sleep Stages / physiology
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires