Sleep problems in infants decrease following massage therapy

Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif

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Abstract

Infants and toddlers (M age = 1.5 years) with sleep onset problems were given daily massages by their parents for 15 minutes prior to bedtime for one month. Based on parent diaries the massaged versus the control children (who were read bedtime stories) showed fewer sleep delay behaviors and had a shorter latency to sleep onset by the end of the study. Forty-five minute behavior observations by an independent observer also revealed more time awake, alert and active and more positive affect in the massaged children by the end of the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Volume168
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

Keywords

  • Infants
  • Massage
  • Sleep problems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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