The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab is a Department of Anthropology research lab, and Faculty of Social Sciences and Health Research Centre. It is the home for a group of researchers examining various aspects of infant and child sleep and parenting behaviour. The lab itself was opened in 2000, while the research programmes it houses have been in operation since 1995. The Sleep Lab provides opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students to become involved in our research, and we welcome enquiries. As our research team has grown our research focus has broadened to cover infant and child sleep ecology, sleep development, sleep safety, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), parental sleep, night-time infant care, feeding practices, thermal care and infant thermoregulation during sleep, twin infant sleep behaviour and physiology, postnatal ward environments and maternal-infant sleep, cross cutlural infant care practices, and the evaluation of interventions affecting parental and infant sleep. We collaborate with academics from a wide range of disciplines around the world, and with a variety of research users. We created and run the Infant Sleep Info Source website for parents and health professionals in order to make academic infant sleep research findings available to parents and health professionals.
Sleep Lab & TAMBA Videos now online
The Twin and Multiple Birth Association (TAMBA) and Durham University Sleep Lab have collaborated to produce a series of videos on twin infant sleep and safety for parents with twin infants and their health-care providers. Based on the latest research evidence from Durham's Sleep Lab and researchers around the world, the videos discuss what to expect from twin sleep patterns and the safest ways to sleep twin infants.
(22 Oct 2014)
- Ball, HL & Russell, CK (2014). SIDS & Infant Sleep Ecology. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health
- Tully, Kristin P. & Ball, Helen L. (2014). Maternal accounts of their breast-feeding intent and early challenges after caesarean childbirth. Midwifery 30(6): 712.
- Jones, Caroline HD, Pollard, Tessa M, Summerbell, CD & Ball, Helen L (2014). Could parental rules play a role in the association between short sleep and obesity in young children?. Journal of Biosocial Science 46(3): 405-418.
- Jones, Caroline H.D. & Ball, Helen L. (2014). Exploring socioeconomic differences in bedtime behaviours and sleep duration in English preschool children. Infant and Child Development 23(5): 518-531.
- Howel, Denise & Ball, Helen L. (2013). Association between Length of Exclusive Breastfeeding and Subsequent Breastfeeding Continuation. Journal of Human Lactation 29(4): 579.
- Russell, Charlotte K., Robinson, Lyn & Ball, Helen L. (2013). Infant Sleep Development: Location, Feeding and Expectations in the Postnatal Period. The Open Sleep Journal 6(Special Issue 001): 68-76.
- Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. (2013). Misrecognition of need women's experiences of and explanations for undergoing cesarean delivery. Social science and medicine 85: 103-111.
- Jones, C. & Ball, H.L. (2013). Napping in English preschool children and the association with parents’ attitudes. Sleep Medicine 14(4): 352–358.
- Ball H.L. (2013) Invited Editorial: Supporting parents who are worried about their newborn's sleep British Medical Journal [view on BMJ website] [download pdf]
- Volpe, L., Ball, H.L. and McKenna, J.J. 2013. 'Nighttime parenting strategies and sleep related risks in infants'. Social Science & Medicine, 79: 91-100.
- Ball, H.L. and Volpe, L. 2013. 'Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk reduction and infant sleep location: Moving the discussion forward'. Social Science & Medicine, 79: 84-91.
- Ball, H.L., Moya, E. Fairley, L. Westman, J., Oddie, S. and Wright, J. 2012. 'Bed and sofa-sharing practices in a UK bi-ethnic population'. Pediatrics, 129(3): e673-e681.
- Ball, H.L., Moya, E. Fairley, L. Westman, J., Oddie, S. and Wright, J.. 2012. 'Infant care practices related to sudden infant death syndrome in South Asian and White British families in the UK'. Paediatric & Perinatal Epidemiology, 26(1): 3-12.
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