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This year MAPP has collaborated with researchers from across the country to learn more about dads and their sleep (or lack of it!). With the Australian fatherhood Research Consortium (AFRC), we are examining how well fathers sleep, how well their children sleep and links with fathers’ mental health. The first job has been to review all the previously completed research. We are evaluating how robust the existing evidence is and if there are gaps that still need to be researched. Spoiler alert! Surprisingly there are very few studies on dads and their sleep. So, MAPP has joined forces with three other large Australian projects to investigate links between fathers’ sleep problems and stress, anxiety and depression. We will share our findings widely in 2019 to ensure government, services and workplaces are well-informed to support our sleep-deprived dads.

This blog post is from the MAPP Newsletter - December 2018. You can read the full newsletter here.