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Sleep disturbances and depressive symptoms in healthy postpartum women: A pilot study

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  • Shao-Yu Tsai,

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    1. Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, No 1, Sec 1, Jen-Ai Rd, Taipei 10051, Taiwan
    • Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, No 1, Sec 1, Jen-Ai Rd, Taipei 10051, Taiwan.
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    • Assistant Professor.

  • Karen A. Thomas

    1. Department of Family & Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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    • Ellery and Kirby Cramer Endowed Professor.


  • This work was funded by Hester McLaw Nursing Scholarship, University of Washington School of Nursing; Virginia Henderson Research Grant and Psi Chapter-at-Large Research Grant, Sigma Theta Tau Nursing International Honor Society; National Institute of Nursing Research P30 NR04001. The authors thank Dr. Martha Lentz, Dr. Kathryn Barnard, and Dr. Susan Spieker for contributions as a member of the first author's dissertation committee. A special thanks to the mothers who participated in the study.

Abstract

In this pilot study we examined the relationship between objective and subjective sleep disturbances and depressive symptoms in 22 healthy primiparous postpartum women within 3 months after delivery. We found that none of the women in our study had clinically significant depression scores on the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale; nonetheless, a variable duration of night-time sleep from night to night during the 7-day monitoring period and reported awakening too early were significantly correlated with increased depressive symptoms. Results suggest that first-time mothers who complain of irregular night-time sleep duration and waking up too early should be screened and evaluated for potential postpartum depressive symptoms. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 35:314–323, 2012

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