Sleep quality in young adults with very low birth weight - The helsinki study of very low birth weight adults

Sonja Strang-Karlsson, Katri Räikkönen, Eero Kajantie, Sture Andersson, Petteri Hovi, Kati Heinonen, Anu Katriina Pesonen, Anna Liisa Järvenpää, Johan G. Eriksson, E. Juulia Paavonen

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the relationship between very low birth weight (VLBW; <1,500 g) and quality and amount of sleep in young adults. Methods: We compared 89 VLBW and 78 term-born 19- to 26-year-old adults, by actigraphy and the Basic Nordic Sleep Questionnaire. Results: There were no group differences in sleep quality or amount (p's >.15), although VLBW adults went to bed on average 36 min earlier (95% confidence interval 6-66 min). Shorter gestational age was related to longer sleep latency both within VLBW (standardized regression coefficient β = -.36, p =.040) and term-born adults (β = -.25, p =.029). Conclusion: Adults with VLBW had similar quality and amount of sleep as those born at term, although VLBW adults went to bed earlier, suggesting an advanced sleep phase. Within each group, a lower gestational age was related to a longer sleep onset.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-395
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC PSYCHOLOGY
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Gestational age
  • Prematurity
  • Sleep
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Very low birth weight

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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