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ppMedscape (7/8) reported that, according to a study published in the July issue of Sleep, “poor sleep is linked to postpartum depression independently of other risk factors.” For the study, researchers from Norway’s Stavanger University Hospital sought to “assess the prevalence of and risk factors for concurrent postpartum maternal sleep problems and depressive symptoms, to identify factors independently associated with either condition, and to examine associations between specific components of postpartum sleep and depression.” They did so by mailing “a questionnaire seven weeks after delivery” to “a total of 4,191 women” who “delivered at Stavanger University Hospital” from Oct. 2005 to Sept. 2006. The investigators found that “the prevalence of sleep problems was 57.7 percent, and the prevalence of depression was 16.5 percent.” Specific “factors associated with poor postpartum sleep quality were depression, history of sleep problems, primiparity, not exclusively breast-feeding, or having a younger or male infant.” Overall, “the aspects of sleep most strongly associated with depression were sleep disturbances and subjective sleep quality.”

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