Sleep deprivation could lead to premature birth

You know that sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re pregnant, sometimes it’s difficult to get enough rest due to discomfort or anxiety. However, if you’re suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders, you might want to consider the effects it could have on your pregnancy.

A new study found that women with sleeping disorders are more likely to have a premature birth than women without. According to an article in the New York Times, the study looked at over 2,000 women who gave birth between 2007 and 2012 with sleep disorders and compared them with 2000 women without sleep disorders.

The study found that, “women with sleep disorders had a 14.6 percent prevalence of preterm birth (a birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy) compared with 10.9 percent in those without a diagnosis.” Additionally, women with insomnia had a 30 percent increased risk and women with sleep apnea had a 40 percent increased risk of having a premature birth, compared to women without either disorder.

If you’re pregnant and experiencing poor sleep or have a diagnosed sleeping disorder, we suggest reaching out to an OB/GYN at Women’s Care Florida. Although a lack of sleep is common among pregnant women, if you have a serious issue, it could become problematic.

To learn more about this study, click here.