The highs and lows of motherhood during the pandemic

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A study by Ben Gurion University has reported that the effects of the pandemic have increased anxiety and insomnia in mothers. About 80% report suffering from worry at high levels, and 23% from insomnia, compared to 11% pre-pandemic. published in the Journal of Sleep Research.

The highs and lows of motherhood during the pandemic
Being a mother in the time of the pandemic, between anxiety and insomnia © Shutterstock

The highs and lows of motherhood during the pandemic

Being a mother in the time of the pandemic, between anxiety and insomnia © Shutterstock

Throughout the study we looked at the consequences of lockdown on maternal habits and key areas in sleep of children between the ages of 6 months and 6 years’ explained Liat Tikotzky, coordinator of the study.

The researchers also observed that about 30% of mothers reported a negative change in their children’s sleep quality and the duration of sleep was much shorter, while 12% noticed an improvement, and 25% an increase in hours slept.

Mothers with the highest form of insomnia and difficulty sleeping were also found to be the ones who reported interrupted sleep in their children.

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