The Parent-Infant Sleep Lab is a research lab in the Department of Anthropology. 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 and we are now involved in projects examining several aspects of adult sleep in addition to that of parents and their children.
Rhythms of Infant Life Conference - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
The Parent Infant Sleep Lab are excited to annouce their third bi-annaul conference, entitled the 'Rythms of Infant Life'. The conference will take place at Durham University (Science Site) on March 31st, 2014. The one day conference will host international experts in infant sleep, who will present and discuss research relating to the development of infant sleep and biological rhythms. For further information, click here.To register for the conference click here.
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Do you have a baby or toddler aged 0-24 months? We would like you to take part in our new web-survey looking at how children sleep over time. Click here for more information.
Do you have a baby under 6 months old? We are now recruiting for a new lab-based study. Click here to find out more.
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Sleep Lab at Durham's Celebrate Science Festival 2013
Once again, the Sleep Lab exhibit at the 2013 Celebrate Science Festival was a massive hit with the 6,500 attendees! The team engaged children in producing a big chart of the age and bed-times of children visiting the exhibit, and used this to engage older children in discussion of the importance of sleep, and how to avoid sleep disruptors. For more information on all the Sleep Lab's recent outreach events, click here.
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- 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]
- Ball, H.L.2012. 'Sleeping with the baby'. Breastfeeding Briefs, No. 53, Sept.
- Ball, H.L. 2012.'The latest on bed-sharing and breastfeeding'. Community Practitioner, 85(1): 29-31.
- 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.
To view all Sleep Lab related publications, click here.