Postpartum sleepiness and sleepy driving in Australian mothers

Armstrong, Kerry, Mackenzie, Janelle, & Smith, Simon (2014) Postpartum sleepiness and sleepy driving in Australian mothers. International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 53(2), pp. 76-89.

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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.

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ID Code: 76559
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online 02 October 2014. The embargo on the accepted manuscript version will expire on 02 April 2016.
Keywords: postpartum, sleepiness, sleep, driving, Karolinska Sleepiness Scale
DOI: 10.1080/14635240.2014.944669
ISSN: 2164-9545
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 02 October 2014,
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2014 22:19
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 17:01

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