Any mother who has suffered with a maternal mental health issue will tell you that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders almost always cause sleep problems. Insomnia is a common side effect of postpartum depression (PPD), but is PPD a side-effect of sleep deprivation? Are there ways that lack of sleep can affect your postpartum depression?
It is hard when you are a tired mom, with all of the normal stresses and worries that come along with having a new baby. In the back of every new mother's mind is the fear that one day she will wake up with PPD. The thoughts are never quite as clear as they are in the middle of the night when your baby is finally asleep and somehow, you have ended up staring at the ceiling. The desperation that comes with being utterly exhausted but unable to fall asleep is unbearable, and can drive anyone to the brink of a breakdown. It's no wonder that mental health experts are now asking if sleep deprivation is as much one of the causes of postpartum depression, as it is one of the effects.
Here are some ways that lack of sleep can affect your postpartum depression.