The impact of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors on sleep quality and hypervigilance within mothers
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Following childbirth, mothers experience a significant decline in their quality of sleep. Considering the many detrimental consequences associated with poor sleep, it is important to understand why sleep quality diminishes. One explanation for this phenomenon pertains to changes in the serotoninergic system, which is known to change with childbirth. Since serotonin plays a critical role in modulating sleep, hypervigilance and sensory gating, abnormally low serotonin levels may account for mothers' reduced sleep quality. To test this hypothesis, our study will compare subjective and objective sleep quality measures in mothers prescribed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) compared to those mothers not consuming SSRIs. We predict that mothers taking SSRIs will display better objective and subjective sleep quality.