Postpartum sleepiness and sleepy driving in Australian mothers

Armstrong, Kerry, MacKenzie, Janelle and Smith, Simon (2015) Postpartum sleepiness and sleepy driving in Australian mothers. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53 2: 76-86. doi:10.1080/14635240.2014.944669


Author Armstrong, Kerry
MacKenzie, Janelle
Smith, Simon
Title Postpartum sleepiness and sleepy driving in Australian mothers
Journal name International Journal of Health Promotion and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2164-9545
1463-5240
Publication date 2015-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14635240.2014.944669
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Start page 76
End page 86
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper reports on a prospective study investigating the prevalence of maternal postpartum fatigue and sleepiness and highlights the potential increased crash risk faced by mothers when driving in the postpartum period. Twenty-four mothers from across Australia completed a sleep and driving diary for seven consecutive days at three time points; when their baby was 6, 12 and 18 weeks old. The results showed that the mothers’ sleep varied within the sample; however, on average sleep disruption and lack of sleep consolidation was experienced. A high proportion of the mothers reported fatigue and sleepiness impacting their functioning early in the postpartum period, with sleepiness being more enduring throughout the period. Of concern, a high proportion of driving journeys undertaken by the mothers were during high levels of sleepiness, particularly early in the postpartum period and during late night and early hours of the day. These findings have highlighted the need to educate mothers about the potential increased safety risk of driving during the postpartum period and identified key information that should be conveyed.
Keyword Postpartum
Sleepiness
Sleep
Driving
Karolinska Sleepiness Scale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
 
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