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J Pediatr Psychol. 2008 May;33(4):387-95. Epub 2007 Dec 12.

Sleep quality in young adults with very low birth weight--the Helsinki study of very low birth weight adults.

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Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Biomedicum 2, Tukholmankatu 8A, Helsinki University Central Hospital, PO Box 448, FI-00029, Helsinki, Finland. sonja.strang@helsinki.fi

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 beta = -.36, p =.040) and term-born adults (beta = -.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.

PMID:
18077474
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/jsm125
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