So your little bundle of joy has arrived after a long wait of nine months. As a new mother, you are faced with certain health challenges. While you should be ready to cater to the needs of your little one all the time, sleepless nights await you. No doubt, sleep deprivation in postpartum can pose new mental health challenges due to the repeated nighttime awakenings of the infant.
Pregnancy and childbirth are responsible for stimulating hormonal reactions in the body. The hormones that were at an all-time high suddenly drop immediately after childbirth. This hormonal disturbance could trigger mood swings and affect the quality of sleep.
The lack of sleep could further make a new mother vulnerable to mood disorders, including postpartum depression and psychosis. One study analyzed that women with poor sleep quality have a higher chance of postpartum depression compared with those who enjoyed quality sleep. This first group of women suffers from anxiety, irritability, forgetfulness, and depressive mood. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation could trigger postpartum depression, which could further affect the quality of life of sleep-deprived mothers and their infants.