Sleep Health in Pregnancy

Using scoping review methodology, this article investigates the literature on sleep duration, continuity/efficiency, timing, daytime sleepiness/alertness, and perceived sleep quality in each trimester of a healthy pregnancy. Data suggest significant variability in sleep between women, with less evidence to support major changes in sleep health across trimesters. There is a need for further research on this topic to better inform women and their health providers.
Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research

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Conclusions:Results provide preliminary evidence that an intervention to reduce supine sleep in late pregnancy may provide maternal and fetal health benefits, with minimal effect on maternal perception of sleep quality and objectively estimated sleep time. Further research to explore relationships between objectively determined maternal sleep position, maternal respiratory indices, and fetal well-being is warranted.Citation:Warland J, Dorrian J, Kember AJ, Phillips C, Borazjani A, Morrison JL, O'Brien LM. Modifying maternal sleep position in late pregnancy through positional therapy: a feasibility study.J Clin Sleep Med. 2...
Source: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine : JCSM - Category: Sleep Medicine Source Type: research
This article summarizes the main treatment options recommended by the consensus clinical guidelines of the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group and provides a short guide to the management of restless leg syndrome during pregnancy in clinical practice.
Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Women often experience sleep disturbances and worsening sleep quality throughout pregnancy and postpartum. Circadian rhythms are closely linked to sleep problems and mood disorders. This systematic review provides a summary of studies of circadian rhythms and associated sleep problems and maternal distress, among postpartum women. Articles were idenitfied through a systematic literature search. Circadian rhythm disturbances were strongly correlated with depression, social factors and mothers`s exposure to light postpartum. Future research should include larger, prospective studies as well as randomized controlled trials fo...
Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) in pregnancy can present as snoring and/or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and the prevalence is increasing due to the increase in maternal obesity. Pregnant women often present with fatigue and daytime sleepiness rather than the classic symptoms. Habitual snoring, older age, chronic hypertension, and high prepregnancy body mass index are reliable indicators of increased risk for SDB and should trigger further testing. The gold standard for diagnosis of OSA is an overnight laboratory polysomnography. Although there are no studies linking SDB to poor fetal outcomes, fetal well-being remains p...
Source: Sleep Medicine Clinics - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
Changes in sleep are ubiquitous in the perinatal period and it is important to be able to determine when these changes are significant enough to indicate sleep deficiency associated with increased risk for poor maternal and infant outcomes. Guidelines for identifying sleep deficiency include insomnia symptoms, excessively shortened sleep duration, and perception of insufficient or nonrestful sleep. Causes and complicating factors related to such sleep problems have been well-documented and are used to tailor behavioral and pharmacologic treatments for women who are pregnant or in the early postpartum period.
Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
The review of published studies provides important information for pregnant women and their doctors, said lead researcher Jane Warland, an associate professor at the University of South Australia.
Source: WebMD Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
FRIDAY, Aug. 3, 2018 -- People often urge moms-to-be to get plenty of sleep before the baby comes. Now, researchers report that good sleep during pregnancy might also lower the risk of premature delivery. The review of published studies provides...
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Conclusions: The results indicate that exposure to road traffic noise during pregnancy may be associated with children’s BMI trajectories. Future studies should investigate this further, using anthropometric measures such as waist-hip ratio and skinfold thickness, in addition to BMI.
Source: Epidemiology - Category: Epidemiology Tags: Perinatal Epidemiology Source Type: research
Journal of Women's Health, Ahead of Print.
Source: Journal of Women - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions: A conventional intervention had unexpected adverse long-term weight outcomes, whereas positive outcomes from a less conventional sleep intervention remained promising at age 5 y. More intensive or extended sleep intervention might have larger or longer-lasting effects and should be investigated. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00892983. PMID: 30101329 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Am J Clin Nutr - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: Am J Clin Nutr Source Type: research
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