Infant Sleep Hygiene Counseling: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Iná da Silva dos Santos from the Universidade Federal de Pelotas in Brazil will develop a simple, low-cost strategy targeting mothers to ensure young children get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep is more common in children from low-resource households, and can negatively impact their physical and mental health, including their cognitive development. Children can be encouraged to sleep well by creating a restful environment and helping them learn to get to sleep by themselves. They will perform a randomized controlled study with around 500 mothers of infants aged three months. One group of mothers will be taught about normal sleep behavior during the first year of life and how to encourage their child to sleep. The effect of this intervention on sleep duration, growth and neurodevelopment will be analyzed over a 24-month period. Sleep duration will be monitored by actigraphy to ensure accuracy.