Want Baby to Sleep Better? Work on Your Marriage! Photo: Thinkstock / The Bump
A new study from the Oregon Social Learning Center suggests that marital instability can cause sleep issues in 18-month-olds. Researchers from several universities collaborated to study 357 adoptive families (they chose adoptive fams to rule out the possibility of genetics playing a role) to gauge their marital stability when their babies were nine months old, according to a press release. If the marriages showed signs of instability -- like if a spouse said they’d considered divorce -- their babies were more likely to have problems sleeping than the children of those who had stable marriages. And when the babies reached 18 months old, the sleep problems continued for that group. Researchers ruled out other factors contributing to the sleep issues, such as parents’ anxiety levels, birth order and “children’s difficult temperaments.” They also found that the reverse was not true -- a child’s difficulty sleeping didn’t negatively affect marriage stability.
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