An exciting new study in Melbourne is researching ways to address sleep and fatigue issues in new mums.
The Postpartum Sleep Study for Mothers – the POSSUM Project – has been developed by researchers at Monash University to target sleep and fatigue specifically in first-time mothers.
The Possum Project team hopes to recruit 120 new mums to take part, with a view to improving their sleep and overall wellbeing – and, in turn, hopefully improve the lives of many more new mums in the future.
The team is seeking women from around Australia who:
- are first-time mothers with a baby between 4-12 months old
- have had a singleton pregnancy (ie, not a multiple birth)
- experience sleep problems themselves (not just their baby)
- are over 18 years old
- speak English and have regular access to internet
- are not currently pregnant.
The program runs for 10 weeks. All participants are asked to complete four questionnaires (less than 30 minutes each) to track changes in their wellbeing.
Each participant is allocated to one of four groups, with each group receiving a range of different strategies, interventions and supports.
Every participant also receives a $50 Coles gift card.