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Sleep Med Clin. 2018 Sep;13(3):359-374. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2018.04.006.

The Role of Circadian Rhythms in Postpartum Sleep and Mood.

Author information

1
Department of Psychiatry, Stavanger University Hospital, Gerd Ragna Bloch Thorsens Gate 8, 4011 Stavanger, Norway. Electronic address: karigrethe@gmail.com.
2
Neuroscience Graduate Program, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada; Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, 100 West 5th Street, Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7, Canada.
3
Women's Health Concerns Clinic, St Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, 100 West 5th Street, Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7, Canada; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, 100 West 5th Street, Hamilton, ON L8N 3K7, Canada.
4
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Kitty Kjellandshus, 4021 Stavanger, Norway.
5
Department of Psychiatry, Stavanger University Hospital, Gerd Ragna Bloch Thorsens Gate 8, 4011 Stavanger, Norway.

Abstract

Women often experience sleep disturbances and worsening sleep quality throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Circadian rhythms are closely linked to sleep problems and mood disorders. This systematic review provides a summary of studies of circadian rhythms and associated sleep problems and maternal distress, among postpartum women. Articles were idenitfied through a systematic literature search. Circadian rhythm disturbances were strongly correlated with depression, social factors and mothers`s exposure to light postpartum. Future research should include larger, prospective studies as well as randomized controlled trials for measuring effect of circadian rhythm interventions on postpartum mental health outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Circadian rhythms; Depression; Maternal mental distress; Perinatal; Postpartum; Sleep

PMID:
30098753
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsmc.2018.04.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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