One researcher thinks so.
In the New York Times, Terry Sejnowski writes, "If a depressed mother stays up all night, or even the last half of the night, it is likely that by morning the depression will lift. Although this sounds too good to be true, it has been well documented in over 1,700 patients in more than 75 published papers during the last 40 years."
This seems like totally backwards logic to us. Doesn't sleep-deprivation CAUSE the baby blues? Sejnowski doesn't think so. "Sleep deprivation used as a treatment for depression is efficacious and robust: It works quickly, is relatively easy to administer, inexpensive, relatively safe and it also alleviates other types of clinical depression," he writes. "Sleep deprivation can elevate your mood even if you are not depressed, and can induce euphoria."
What do you think, moms? Are you buying this -- or does it sound like a bunch of baloney?