Studies have shown that about 80 percent of women diagnosed with postpartum depression suffer from insomnia and feel the effects of being sleep deprived. In fact, many people who suffer from depression - not only mothers - struggle with insomnia and the effects of sleep deprivation. Symptoms of sleep deprivation seem to be very common among the depressed.
Insomnia is defined as a condition in which the person has difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep. Although a person may sleep eight straight hours during the night, they may still suffer from insomnia and be sleep deprived because the quality of their sleep was bad.
So, what is it about postpartum depression that keeps mothers awake at night? In actuality, the right question might be: could the effects of sleep deprivation contribute to the onset of postpartum depression?
According to Dr. Michael Perlis, a specialist in sleep research, it seems as though insomnia could be an early warning that postpartum depression is near. It appears a little too coincidental that many women who struggle with postpartum depression show symptoms and effects of sleep deprivation, and experience insomnia several weeks before the onset of depression symptoms occurs.
It is no secret that the human body requires physical rest in order to function properly. In fact, a lack of adequate sleep can lead to hallucinations, anxiety, physical weakness, trouble concentrating, and irritability, among many other things. These symptoms and the inability to fall or remain asleep could very well trigger the onset of depression, particularly in new mothers who often experience disruption in their sleep pattern.
There are some common reasons why a new mom will suffer from sleep deprivation. As the mother of a newborn, you may recognize many of these reasons for not getting sufficient sleep.
All of these situations can contribute to the formation of insomnia, which in turn can spark the onset or worsening of postpartum depression. When a new mom finds that she has trouble sleeping, or believes that her sleep schedule or quality of sleep is having an impact on her life, there are steps she can take to remedy the sleep deprivation. Catching insomnia early on is important to lessen and even prevent the symptoms of postpartum depression.
Suffering some sleep deprivation is a challenges new parents face, and it’s a fact of life with a newborn that sleep will not be the same for awhile, but there are natural sleep remedies available that can be invaluable to new parents suffering from sleep deprivation.
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