Monash University
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Characterising and Preventing Perinatal Insomnia

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posted on 2023-02-12, 22:47 authored by NINA ELVIRA QUIN
Sleep disturbances and insomnia symptoms are pervasive problems during pregnancy and postpartum, and this thesis aimed to enhance our understanding of the assessment, prevention, and treatment of perinatal insomnia. This thesis presented the key components needed for insomnia assessment during pregnancy and postpartum. Further, it described the development and findings of a randomised controlled trial that explored the treatment effects of two interventions targeting different mechanisms of postpartum insomnia development. This thesis identified interventions that reduce postpartum insomnia, sleep deprivation/disruption, adverse sleep-related wellbeing, and postpartum depression among birthing parents, and each intervention holds promise regarding integration into clinical care.


Principal supervisor

Bei Bei

Additional supervisor 1

Jane Fisher

Additional supervisor 2

Liat Tikotzky

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences