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  Study Finds Bed Sharing Among Parents and Infants on the Rise
Bed sharing-the practice of letting babies sleep in an adult bed with a parent or caregiver-is increasing in the United States, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
The researchers found that infants were more likely to bed share, at both 3-7 months and at 7-12 months, if their mothers were single or if the family had moved at least once since the birth of the infant.
Proponents argue that bed sharing contributes to more and longer periods of breastfeeding, and that bed sharing may protect infants from succumbing to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by increasing infant awakenings, decreasing the time spent in deep sleep, and increasing the mother's awareness of the infant.
www.nichd.nih.gov /news/releases/bed_sharing.cfm   (988 words)

 © The American Physiological Society - Press Room - Mother-Infant Bed Sharing Is Associated With An Increase In Infant ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In addition, it is almost a certainty that primary physiological effects of bed sharing elicit secondary effects that may impact the infant: data suggests that the increase in body temperature noted in bed sharing infants may be due to increased movements during sleep in those infants.
The within-subject comparison was between the bed sharing night and the solitary night for both groups, allowing an assessment of the acute or immediate effects, while the across-subject comparison was between routine bed sharers and routine solitary sleepers on both nights to assess long-term, possibly developmental, effects.
While there is strong epidemiological evidence that bed sharing is not an independent risk factor for SIDS, it is interesting that bed sharing increases the SIDS risk related to maternal smoking and that the expression of that increased risk may be related to deficiencies in arousal which are accompanied by abrupt increases in sympathetic activity.
www.the-aps.org /press/conference/eb03/2.htm   (1407 words)

 Bed Sharing and SIDS
Bed sharing is a very interesting issue, which has received a lot of media attention in the last few years.
Bed sharing alone (with non-smoking parents) is probably not associated with an increased risk.
However, if an adult in bed with an infant is obese (a lot of tissue to mold over the baby's face) and is obtunded (drunk or drugged) so that the adult does not react to an infant's struggles, overlaying is a 'theoretical' possible cause of death.
sids-network.org /experts/bedshare.htm   (2228 words)

 Truthdig - Bed Sharing ‘Drains Men’s Brains’   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sleeping in bed with a woman impairs a man’s mental abilities the next day and increases stress hormones, a study has found.
Sharing a bed with someone could temporarily reduce your brain power - at least if you are a man - Austrian scientists suggest.
When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.
www.truthdig.com /eartotheground/print/20060724_bed_sharing_men   (140 words)

 Sharing a Bed With Infants Raises SIDS Risk
July 8, 2005 -- Sharing a bed or even a couch with a young infant may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study.
Although the cause of SIDS is unknown, placing an infant to sleep on his or her stomach, exposure to smoking, and use of soft pillows or bedding have been identified as major risk factors.
The study showed that there was a link between SIDS, bed sharing, couch sharing, and the location of the infants when they died, especially among infants less than 11 weeks old, regardless of how long they shared the sleeping space or their exposure to smoke.
www.webmd.com /content/article/108/108857?src=RSS_PUBLIC   (437 words)

 Bed Sharing
Infants who share a bed with other children are at a higher risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) than are other infants, according to the most recent analysis of a study of predominantly African American SIDS deaths in Chicago.
The study concluded "the risk was primarily associated with bed sharing when the infant was sleeping with people other than the parents." The researchers also reported that sleeping with the mother alone did not reduce infants' risk of SIDS, as some researchers have concluded on the basis of earlier studies.
For example, soft bedding appeared to pose 5 times the risk of SIDS as firm bedding; sleeping on the stomach increased the risk of SIDS 2.4 times.
www.iowasids.org /News/BedSharing.htm   (1301 words)

 Sharing a Bed Lowers Male Mental Ability | Health
It is being reported in a new Austrian study, that men who share beds with another person are more prone to have a lower mental ability level.
It is said that having a bed mate disturbs a man's sleep, therefore altering his mental ability as well as altering his level of stress hormones.
The couples slept 10 nights together, and 10 nights apart, and what the researchers found is that although the men said that they slept better with their partners, they actually didn't, doing worse on cognitive testing after sleeping with their partner than they did after sleeping alone.
www.dogflu.ca /07232006/10/sharing_a_bed_lowers_male_mental_ability   (214 words)

 Parents and Kids Sharing Bed Is OK
The children were given a battery of tests when they reached ages 6 and 18 -- tests that looked at their emotional maturity, sharing and conflict resolution skills, sexual fantasies, and other factors that reflect adjustment.
Bed sharing is common everywhere but in the U.S., Okami tells WebMD.
While bed sharing typically stops around age 6, "in Japan, it is not uncommon to bed share until age 10," he adds.
www.webmd.com /content/article/49/40116.htm   (728 words)

 Co-sleeping - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Co-sleeping, also called the family bed, is a practice in which babies and young children sleep with one or both parents.
It is also recommended that the bed should be firm, and should not be a waterbed or couch; and that heavy quilts, comforters, and pillows should not be used.
It is often recommended that a baby should never be left unattended in an adult bed; there may be a risk of falling to a hard floor even if the bed surface itself is no more dangerous than a crib surface.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sharing_a_bed   (996 words)

 News - New Moms, Smoking, and Bedsharing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Sharing a bed with an infant is a controversial topic, with some experts contending that it promotes breastfeeding and others maintaining that it increases the risk for suffocation and SIDS, especially if a mother smokes.
They noted how often they shared a bed with their infants and whether they smoked before, during, or after pregnancy.
Smoking moms frequently shared a bed with their infants - about 19% of moms who smoked after giving birth always practiced bedsharing, about 13% of smoking moms almost always practiced bedsharing, and 45% of smoking moms sometimes shared a bed with their infants.
kidshealth.org /research/bedsharing.html   (417 words)

 Pediatric Advisor 2006.2: Sleeping with the Parents (Bed-Sharing)
In fact, the rate of sudden death for infants is higher for babies sleeping in an adult bed compared to a crib.
In some countries, families share beds out of necessity, but most children in our country sleep happily in their own beds.
Most parents who share their beds have to lie down with their child for as long as 30 to 60 minutes to get them to sleep.
www.med.umich.edu /1libr/pa/pa_bedshare_hhg.htm   (835 words)

 BBC News | HEALTH | Baby bed-sharing warning
Mothers who smoke should not share a bed with their babies, a researcher has warned.
A study, published in the same issue of the BMJ, concludes there is nothing hazardous about the general principle of babies sharing a bed with their parents.
They found that bed sharing was, for the most part, not risky, particularly if the infant was placed back in a cot for the remainder of their sleep.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/546926.stm   (402 words)

 Bed sharing and the sudden infant death syndrome -- Klonoff-Cohen and Edelstein 311 (7015): 1269 -- BMJ   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
Bed sharing and the sudden infant death syndrome -- Klonoff-Cohen and Edelstein 311 (7015): 1269 -- BMJ
Bed sharing and the sudden infant death syndrome
Bed sharing, smoking, and alcohol in the sudden infant death syndrome.
bmj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/311/7015/1269   (3140 words)

 In some circumstances parents should avoid sharing a bed with their baby
While the benefits of babies sleeping on their backs are now clear in relation to sudden infant death syndrome, there is conflicting evidence on the effect of infants sharing a bed with their parents.
A study in this week's BMJ concludes that it is not bed sharing per se that is hazardous, but rather the particular circumstances in which bed sharing occurs.
They also found that there was no increased risk associated with bed sharing when an infant was placed back in his or her cot for the remainder of their sleep.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/1999-12/BMJ-Iscp-021299.php   (415 words)

Sleeping with your baby has various labels: The earthy term "family bed," while appealing to many, is a turn-off to parents who imagine a pile of kids squeezed into a small bed with dad and the family dog perched precariously on the mattress edge.
I was still afraid to sleep with her in my bed, because at that time the monitors didn't have a disconnect alarm, and I was afraid I would disconnect the monitor and wouldn't hear it if she had an apnea period.
All the elements of natural mothering, especially breastfeeding and sharing sleep, benefit the infant's breathing control and increase the mutual awareness between mother and infant so that their arousability is increased and the risk of SIDS decreased.
www.askdrsears.com /html/7/T071000.asp   (5901 words)

 Why Bed Sharing May Up SIDS Risk
Don't bring the baby to the bed of a parent who's overtired or using medications or other substances that could impair their alertness.
"Bed sharing with respect to SIDS is a controversial topic," write the researchers.
The bed-sharing babies who died of SIDS were also more likely to have sleep risks like sleeping with soft, loose bedding (such as pillows, quilts, or blankets), or to have slept in the same bed as other kids.
foxnews.webmd.com /content/article/129/117446?action=related_link   (500 words)

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Hand-over of care in hospital should include information on which women are bed sharing or co-sleeping with their babies, and the level of supervision agreed after individual risk assessment.
Hand-over of care in hospital should include information on which women are bed sharing or co-sleeping with their babies and the level of supervision agreed on individual risk assessment.
Information on bed sharing and co-sleeping should be reiterated to women at transfer from hospital, including advise about ideal temperatures for the bedroom (16 — 18 degrees C), appropriate amounts of clothing and the risks associated with over heating.
www.rcm.org.uk /info/docs/GP1-Bed-sharing.doc   (835 words)

 Halfbakery: Auto Space Sharing Bed
You know the one, he or she seems to gradually move from their side to the center, to wa-a-ay over on your side, till it seems it would be worth the effort to get out, jump in the other side and start again.
When this happens, the roller mechanism is activated, and gently and silently returns the sleeping couple to the center of the bed, for an equitable and uncramped night's sleep.
Bed coverings could be anchored at the corners, to remain permanently above the bed, or they could also be on a continuous loop.
www.halfbakery.com /idea/Auto_20Space_20Sharing_20Bed   (304 words)

 There's a time to end sharing bed with child
There's also an ever-present danger of sudden infant death syndrome, and while SIDS is on the decline in general, some studies have revealed that sharing a bed with adults could increase the risk.
For the past 20 or 25 years, bed sharing was considered a definite "no-no" for parents with small youngsters, but now, if it works well for the couple, it's accepted by many experts, as long as the parents haven't partaken of any alcohol, smoking or other drugs.
Sharing beds can also take a toll on the parents' sex life -- not a minor matter.
seattlepi.nwsource.com /brothers/275556_joyce202.html   (757 words)

 FOXNews.com - Sharing a Bed With Infants Raises SIDS Risk - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News
Sharing a bed or even a couch with a young infant may increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), according to a new study.
Of the SIDS infants who shared a bed during their last sleep, 87 percent were found dead in their parents' beds.
Researchers say the relationship between bed sharing or couch sharing and SIDS was especially strong among infants less than 11 weeks old, regardless of maternal smoking.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,161965,00.html   (1043 words)

 A Longitudinal Study of Bed Sharing and Sleep Problems Among Swiss Children in the First 10 Years of Life -- Jenni et ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
For bed sharing, bedtime resistance, and sleep-onset difficulties, data for 1 month were not available.
Log odds ratios for bed sharing (night wakings, lower) at a certain age (x-axis) versus bed sharing (night wakings) at another age (indicated in the upper right corner of each panel).
Bed sharing at a certain age was associated with bed sharing (night wakings) at ages where the lower boundary of the 95% confidence interval exceeded an odds ratio of 1.
pediatrics.aappublications.org /cgi/content/full/115/1/S1/233   (3945 words)

 Sharing your bed with baby boosts death risk
new study finds that sharing a bed with a baby or putting them to sleep on surfaces other than a crib can increase their risk of dying.
In more than 75 percent of the cases, infants were found on a sleep surface that was not designed for infants such as an adult bed, sofa or chair.
They conclude that shared sleep surfaces in the United States are unsafe for infants, and cribs are the safest place for babies to sleep.
www.slu.edu /publications/gc/v7-3/news_6.shtml   (448 words)

 Sharing Connections - Furniture Bank, Downers Grove, IL
While it may be hard to believe, many people go to sleep on the floor of their apartment or house because they can’t afford a bed.
Sharing Connections provides furniture and household items to low-income families thereby helping them transform a bare apartment or house into a home.
Sharing Connections helped this family and assists hundreds more in receiving the furniture and hope they needed to make the challenges of tomorrow easier to face.
www.sharingconnections.org   (234 words)

 BBC NEWS | Health | Bed sharing 'drains men's brains'
Both sexes had a more disturbed night's sleep when they shared their bed, Professor Kloesch told a meeting of the Forum of European Neuroscience.
But women apparently managed to sleep more deeply when they did eventually drop off, since they claimed to be more refreshed than their sleep time suggested.
"Sharing the bed space with someone who is making noises and who you have to fight with for the duvet is not sensible.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/5197440.stm   (530 words)

 AboutKidsHealth: Health A-Z: Sleeping with the Parents (Bed Sharing)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-07)
In some countries, families share beds out of necessity, but most children sleep happily in their own beds.
Bed sharing is never a long-term solution to sleep problems.
There is no evidence that bed sharing produces children who are more spoiled or dependent.
www.aboutkidshealth.ca /Article.asp?articleID=1710   (690 words)

 Disturbed sleep while sharing a bed
Getting comfortable in bed may be one of your greatest challenges during pregnancy, especially as your belly swells to watermelon proportions during your second and third trimesters.
Sharing a bed with your mate — who's also trying to get comfortable — makes things even harder.
Besides investing in a king- or queen-size bed (which may still feel too small once you've surrounded yourself with pillows to support your stomach and back) there's no single solution to the problem.
www.babycenter.com /refcap/pregnancy/pregnancysleep/7554.html   (480 words)

 Study: Young Kids, Parents Sharing Bed OK - News
The researchers found that children under 6 who shared beds with their parents were no more likely than other children to develop behavior problems, sleep problems, or psychosexually troubled relationships later in childhood and adolescence.
Children at age 6 who shared beds with their parents were found to have the same levels of behavioral maturity, emotional maturity, mood, and creativity as other children.
And when the children who had spent some of their early childhood sleeping with mom and dad were 18, the amount of time a child had spent in the "family bed" had no significant impact on his or her ability to relate to parents, adults in general, other family members or peers.
www.wpxi.com /news/1612277/detail.html   (651 words)

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