Sep 20, 2006

Impact of a child's chronic illness on maternal sleep and daytime functioning

Archives of Internal Medicine
Lisa J Meltzer, Jodi A Mindell


Chronic illness may not only directly impact the sleep of a patient but also indirectly impact the sleep of the family members who provide nighttime care. For parents of children with chronic illnesses, few studies have examined sleep disruptions that may account for elevated rates of depression and fatigue. Our objectives were to examine sleep patterns and causes of sleep disturbances in caregivers of children with and without chronic illnesses and to determine whether sleep mediates the relationship between a child's chronic illness and daytime functioning in caregivers. A total of 118 mothers of children with ventilator dependency (VENT), cystic fibrosis (CF), or healthy children (HEALTHY) completed a series of self-reported measures during a structured telephone interview, including the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, the 24-Hour Sleep Patterns Interview, the Child Health Questionnaire-General Health Scale, the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale, and the Iowa Fatigue Scale. Ventilator dependency caregivers reported an earlier morning wake time and shorter total sleep time than both CF and HEALTHY caregivers. In addition, VENT caregivers reported more night wakings and poorer sleep quality than HEALTHY careg...Continue Reading

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Health Status
Depression Scale
Chronic Disease
Spouse Caregivers
Oral History as Topic
Sleep Disorders
Cystic Fibrosis
Mental Suffering
Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index

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