Associations between infant temperament, maternal stress, and infants' sleep across the first year of life

Infant Behav Dev. 2015 May;39:131-5. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2015.02.010. Epub 2015 Apr 1.


Effects of temperament and maternal stress on infant sleep behaviors were explored longitudinally. Negative temperament was associated with sleep problems, and with longer sleep latency and night wakefulness, whereas maternal stress was associated with day sleep duration, suggesting infant and maternal characteristics affect sleep differentially.

Keywords: Infancy; Maternal stress; Negative reactivity; Sex differences; Sleep; Temperament.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Parents
  • Sex Characteristics
  • Sleep / physiology*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Temperament / physiology*
  • Wakefulness / physiology