Rise & SHINE (Sleep Health in Infancy & Early Childhood)

Rise & SHINE (Sleep Health in Infancy & Early Childhood) is a longitudinal cohort study that examines infants’ sleep patterns between birth and 2 years, familial and environmental determinants of these patterns and their effect on accelerated weight gain over the first two years of life.

Longitudinal research shows that insufficient sleep is linked accelerated weight gain among adults and more recently children and infants. Studies have focused predominantly on links between sleep duration and energy balance. Major questions still remain about other characteristics of sleep – including sleep consolidation or fragmentation, day-to-day sleep variability and sleep timing – and their effect on energy balance and subsequent weight gain. Moreover, very little is known about the mechanisms linking sleep and energy balance.

Rise & SHINE is 5-year NIH-funded longitudinal study of mother-father-infant triads recruited from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Newborn Unit. The goals of this study are to examine prospective relationships between sleep patterns with growth from birth to 24 months of age.  Secondary goals are to examine feeding and neurobehavioral pathways linking adverse sleep patterns and infant weight gain and modifiable determinants of infant sleep patterns that will directly inform intervention design. Finally, an exploratory aim will examine father involvement in infant caregiving, co-parenting and parent-child sleep synchrony as predictors of infant sleep.


Investigative Team

Dr. Kirsten Davison, PhD (Multi-PI). Donald and Sue Pritzker Associate Professor of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH (Multi-PI). Professor of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital of children

Dr. Susan Redline, MD, MPH (Multi-PI). Peter C. Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Sebastien Haneuse (Co-I), Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Doctoral and postdoctoral students

Tayla Ash, doctoral student Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health