Navigation Links
Kaiser Permanente/Harvard Medical School study links lack of sleep to weight gain for new moms
Date:11/19/2007

November 19, 2007 (Oakland, CA) Mothers who reported sleeping five hours or less per day when their babies were six months old had a threefold higher risk for substantial weight retention (11 pounds or more) at their babys first birthday than moms who slept seven hours per day, according to a new study by Kaiser Permanente and Harvard Medical School / Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

The study, published in the November issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology, is the first to look at the impact of sleep deprivation on postpartum weight retention. Previous studies have looked at the effect of early postpartum sleep deprivation on mothers cognitive and emotional health but never associated weight gain.

Weve known for some time that sleep deprivation is associated with weight gain and obesity in the general population, but this study shows that getting enough sleep even just two hours more may be as important as a healthy diet and exercise for new mothers to return to their pre-pregnancy weight, said Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland and the lead author of the study.

The study also found that mothers who slept fewer hours at one year postpartum than they did at six months postpartum had twice the risk of substantial weight retention. Other studies have shown that persistent sleep deprivation causes hormonal changes that may stimulate appetite. Shorter sleep duration has not only been linked to obesity in women, but coronary artery disease and diabetes as well.

With the results of this study, new mothers must be wondering, How can I get more sleep for both me and my baby? Our team is working on new studies to answer this important question, said Matthew W. Gillman, MD, SM, Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention, Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

The study looked at 940 women participating in Harvards Project Viva, an observational, longitudinal cohort study of prenatal and postnatal health. The women, whose median age was 33 years old and were a mix of Caucasian, African American and Hispanic, were queried about their sleep habits and weight at the six-month and one-year postpartum assessments. Forty-seven percent of the women were first-time mothers, 37 percent had two children, and 16 percent had three or more children.

A new babys first year at home is a hard adjustment for everyone. Thats why Kaiser Permanente has integrated our care for moms with our care for babies. We give moms tools and services to make it easier to juggle everything, and get back into shape: a pregnancy e-newsletter, newborn clubs, online health encyclopedia, online programs, podcasts, videos, weight and exercise programs, and discounts for gym memberships and Weight Watchers enrollment, said Tracy Flanagan, MD, Director of Womens Health, Kaiser Permanente Northern California. But the best advice of all for moms with new babies is ask for help, get support and take care of yourself.


'/>"/>

Contact: Danielle Cass
Danielle.X.Cass@kp.org
510-267-5354
Edelman Public Relations
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Webcast Alert: Kaiser Permanente Residency Program Open House
2. Kaiser Permanente Achieves Climate Action Leader Status
3. Kaiser Permanente study: Alcohol amount, not type -- wine, beer, liquor -- triggers breast cancer
4. Kaiser Permanente Study Shows Alcohol Consumption - No Matter Beverage Type - Linked to Breast Cancer Risk
5. Kaiser Permanente Study Shows One in Seven Women are Depressed Before, During, or After Pregnancy
6. Kaiser Permanente Named Green Electronics Champion by EPA, Green Electronics Council
7. WellBound Teams With Kaiser Permanente to Open New Self-Care Dialysis Center in Sacramento, CA
8. Kaiser Permanente Joins With Top Health Care Groups to Create Healthier Hospital Environments
9. Kaiser Permanente study shows electronic medical records and outreach improve osteoporosis care
10. Kaiser Permanente CEO Receives Diversity Leadership Award
11. Kaiser Permanente and Golden State Warriors Team Up to Fight Childhood Obesity
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... and applications at AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes ... important health care topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... from UCLA with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School ... San Diego and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those ... deal with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol ... of Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Dr. Amanda Cheng, an ... Cheng has extensive experience with all areas of orthodontics, including robotic Suresmile technology, ... , Micro-osteoperforation is a revolutionary adjunct to orthodontic treatment. It can be ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Haute Beauty Network, ... M. Weintraub as a prominent plastic surgeon and the network’s newest partner. ... the most handsome men, look naturally attractive. Plastic surgery should be invisible.” He ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... kidney failure, it replaces the function of kidneys by removing ... thus the treatment helps to keep the patient body,s electrolytes ... Increasing number of ESRD patients & substantial healthcare expenditure ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the ... 2016 - Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... up to date financial data derived from varied research sources ... with potential impact on the market during the next five ... comprises of sub markets, regional and country level analysis. The ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Ill. and INDIANAPOLIS , ... students receiving a Lilly Diabetes Tomorrow,s Leaders Scholarship is ... 2016 scholarship winners, announced today online at www.diabetesscholars.org ... let type 1 diabetes stand in the way of ... has supported the Foundation,s scholarship program since 2012, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: