Becoming a mother is one of the most fulfilling things a person can experience. However, it involves a lot of work for a lots of people. With so many things that can go wrong, the task of carrying a child to full term doesn’t always come easy. In fact, despite so many advances in technology today, premature births are still challenging obstetricians around the world. Researchers found out, however, that sleep can help address the problem.
Studies have shown that insomnia in moms-to-be increase the risk of preterm birth. One study analyzed the medical records of 3 million pregnant women in California, while another surveyed over 166 pregnant women with the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). Both studies show that there’s a relationship between poor sleep and premature deliveries.
The numbers are also seriously high. In one of the studies, insomnia increased preterm birth risks by 30%, sleep apnea by 40%. While experts say that lack of sleep alone won’t directly cause the premature births, they do trigger the problems that can actually cause it. Inflammation is often caused by lack of sleep and it’s also largely to blame for premature births.
Aside from preterm births, studies have also shown that moms-to-be with sleeping problems late in their pregnancies will also most likely experience longer labor and even require cesarean deliveries.
What’s disturbing is the fact that pregnancy actually causes sleep problems in many pregnant women. The discomfort alone can really prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. The changes in hormones the female body experiences during pregnancy also makes sleep even more elusive.
What can a mom-to-be do to prevent all of these? Check out our sleep tips for moms-to-be here.