London: Are your suffering from anxiety or depression? Ladies, consult a doctor, for a new study says that it may cause sleep problems in your newborn baby. Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have carried out the study and found that mothers who are depressed or anxious may disturb their babies` sleep because of their constant worry, `The Daily Telegraph` reported. This is because their anxiety and worry led them to disturb their children when they were sleeping by picking them up and feeding them instead of letting them go back to sleep, taking them into their own bed or cuddling them at night as they needed the emotional comfort rather than their baby. Lead author Douglas Teti said: "This study provides insights about maternal depression`s effects on night-time parenting, and how such parenting affects infant sleep." In the study, the researchers recruited 45 mothers with higher levels of symptoms of depression and more worries about their children`s sleep. After studying 45 mothers and their babies, aged from between one month to two years, over the course of a week, the team found that the mothers with more symptoms of depression were more likely to pick up their babies when they were sleeping or disrupt their sleep in other ways.
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