Lack of sleep during your pregnancy.. 2

Lack of sleep during your pregnancy.. 2

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Lack of sleep during your pregnancy.. 2
Posted in 2014

What we're seeing here is evidence of the complicated, dynamic relationship among sleep, immune function, and depression. These conditions often can be found together in both women and men. Research suggests that these conditions can influence each other in multiple ways:
  • There's compelling evidence indicating that sleep plays a critical role in immune health, and that insufficient and poor quality sleep contributes to elevated levels of inflammation in the body.
  • Sleep and depression have a well-documented and complex relationship, with sleep disruption contributing to depressive symptoms and depression interfering with sleep.
  • Research also shows that inflammation may be a significant risk factor for depression, with and without the presence of sleep problems.
  • Understanding more about the ways sleep interacts with immune function and depression is important in general -- but it may be particularly important for pregnant women. Women face particular challenges to sleep during pregnancy. Fatigue is a common issue for pregnant women, and one many women know to expect. But sleep problems and sleep disorders are also can be more likely to occur during pregnancy. Women are more at risk for restless leg syndrome, sleep-disordered breathing, and insomnia during pregnancy. In a National Sleep Foundation poll, 78 percent of women reported experiencing more disrupted sleep during pregnancy than when not pregnant. There are several factors that can contribute difficulty sleeping during pregnancy, including:
    • Hormonal changes. Pregnancy is a time of many hormonal shifts, which change sleep cycles and can disrupt sleep. Rising levels of progesterone can cause respiratory changes that disrupt sleep, as well as more sleepiness during the day, leaving women unusually wakeful at night. Fluctuating levels of estrogen also cause physiological changes that interfere with sleep.
  • Pain and discomfort. Lower back pain, nausea, heartburn and other physical discomforts can often interfere with sleep. Having to get up to go to the bathroom frequently throughout the night is another common hazard to sleep during pregnancy.
  • Anxiety. Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time of life. Women also experience anxiety about the pregnancy itself as well as about managing all the aspects of their lives alongside the impending arrival of a new baby. Feeling anxious can make falling asleep and staying asleep more difficult.
  • Sleeping well during pregnancy is a challenge -- but it doesn't have to be impossible. For many women, it may mean taking some extra time and paying extra attention (good ideas for pregnant women in general) in order to protect both quantity and quality of sleep as a pregnancy progresses. As this study shows, protecting sleep during pregnancy is not only good for a mother's health, but her child's health as well.
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