Sleep and Light Therapy for Perinatal Depression

Researchers at Lifespan are conducting a study looking at whether adding light therapy and a prescribed sleep schedule to usual treatment for depression can speed recovery and prevent postpartum depression.

You may be eligible if you are:

  • A healthy pregnant woman age 18 to 40 years old with a current diagnosis of depression.

What can you expect?

  • The study involves wearing a wrist activity monitor during the third trimester of pregnancy (weeks 28 to 40) and from two to six weeks postpartum.
  • Participants will be randomly assigned to receive usual care or usual care plus treatment with light therapy and a prescribed sleep schedule.

Your participation is voluntary. Participants receive payment for their time and effort.

How can you find out more?

Call Lily at 401-421-9440, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also find us on Facebook at “Sleep and Light Therapy for Perinatal Depression,” or visit www.sleepforscience.org.

The Sleep and Light Therapy for Perinatal Depression study is affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital, and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. The principal investigator is Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD.