That mother nature I tell you…she is one smart cookie. No one thinks there is anything good about insomnia, but alas, there is. Over the last 40 years, there has been continuous documentation that if a woman stays up at night, or the second 1/2 of the night, depression will lift by the morning. “Sleep deprivation can elevate your mood even if you are not depressed, and can induce euphoria.” As the article states, this is not a magic button because of the mere fact that chronic sleep deprivation is not a desirable long term solution for anything due to the cognitive delays that start appearing after a short period of time. Yet, this finding shows us that depression can be immediately reversed, and there’s something about the sleeping brain that brings on depression. It is believed that sleep deprivation interferes with REM sleep, thereby warding off depression.
As I wipe the tears from my eyes, I feel very compelled to share this website that I just stumbled upon today. Jenny’s Light is a foundation that was created to support women and families that are dealing with postpartum depression. The story of Jenny highlights the importance of identifying, treating and supporting women with perinatal mood disorders and postpartum depression.
I am very happy to learn that such an organization exists. They are doing everything they can to spread the word and support other organizations that assist women and their families with postpartum depression.
Last year, I built a website for one of my former colleagues, Joy Lanumn, RN. It’s called the Santa Fe Birthing Community and it’s a network of a couple of women who offer prenatal classes, doula services, and then postpartum assistance, help with care for multiples (twins, triplets etc) or premies and breastfeeding support and assistance.
Joy provides all the postpartum help and does it in the comfort of your home. She is very reasonably priced (on a sliding scale). Joy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Lactation Consultant with many, many years experience in postpartum support. She has a wealth of knowledge and good connections to other services in Santa Fe. If you know of anyone who is need of these types of services, I encourage you to call her. 505-984-8225 or visit her site on Santa Fe Postpartum Care