While the postpartum period is often characterized by poor sleep, other factors can impact maternal sleep. This article examines the physical and social sleep environment of socioeconomically disadvantaged postpartum women.
This study assessed aspects of the physical and social sleep environment at two, four and eight weeks postpartum. Participants were 18 years or older, insured by Medicaid, multiparous, and had access to a telephone. Perceived awakenings, select sleep hygiene practices, bed sharing, and reasons for sleep disruption were explored.
This study shows that modifications to the sleep environment must address how sleep hygiene and environmental factors impact the postpartum period to potentially improve socioeconomically disadvantaged women’s health.