Sleep quality and depression during pregnancy: a prospective study

Skouteris, Helen, Germano, Carmela, Wertheim, Eleanor H., Paxton, Susan J. and Milgrom, Jeannette 2008, Sleep quality and depression during pregnancy: a prospective study, Journal of sleep research, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 217-220.


Title Sleep quality and depression during pregnancy: a prospective study
Author(s) Skouteris, Helen
Germano, Carmela
Wertheim, Eleanor H.
Paxton, Susan J.
Milgrom, Jeannette
Journal name Journal of sleep research
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 217
End page 220
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-06
ISSN 0962-1105
1365-2869
0966-6826
Keyword(s) depressive symptoms
pregnancy
sleep quality
Summary For the first time, the relationship between depressive symptoms and sleep quality was explored prospectively during pregnancy. Participants (n = 273) completed the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and Beck Depression Inventory at three 8-week intervals, starting from 15–23 weeks gestation. In addition to sleep quality and depression remaining relatively stable during pregnancy, findings revealed that sleep quality earlier in pregnancy predicted higher levels of depressive symptoms at later stage in pregnancy (after controlling for prior depression levels). In contrast, there was no evidence to suggest that depressive symptoms earlier in pregnancy impacted on sleep quality later on. Given that depressive symptomatology can lead to major depression and given the prevalence of pre- and postnatal depression, our findings suggest that screening for sleep problems during pregnancy may be of clinical significance.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017688

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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