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Boosting circadian rhythms can help relieve perinatal depression

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Women who are pregnant tend to get less sleep

Women who are pregnant tend to get less sleep

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Women with perinatal depression appear to have altered circadian rhythms. Using light to reset the body clock may improve symptoms.

Our bodies run on internal clocks that, in concert with light, wake us up in the morning and leave us sleepy by night time. This circadian rhythm is partly regulated by a suite of genes. These control not only the sleep-wake cycle but also a host of other functions, including metabolism, hormone secretions and body temperature – all of which cycle throughout the day.

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