Lack of sleep during your pregnancy..1

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Lack of sleep during your pregnancy..1
Posted in 2014

Poor Sleep in Pregnancy Can Lead to Complications at Birth

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 in order to protect both quantity and quality of sleep as a pregnancy progresses.
Pregnancy can pose serious challenges to sleeping well. Poor quality and too little sleep are common during pregnancy, when many women experience fragmented sleep and symptoms of insomnia. Even women who don't generally experience sleep problems find that during pregnancy they have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as trouble getting enough sleep.
We talk a lot about sleep issues for new mothers. But new research suggests we should be paying more attention to the sleep health of expectant mothers as well.
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center found links between both the quality and quantity of pregnant women's sleep and complications at birth, including low birth weight and pre-term births. The link between birth complications and expectant mothers' sleep appears to be in disruptions to normal immune system function, caused by insufficient and low-quality sleep.
Depression during pregnancy is another risk factor for birth complications. Researchers sought to understand how poor sleep among pregnant women might influence birth-related complications, and what, if any, role depression might play in this relationship. Researchers included 168 pregnant women in their study. Some were depressed and others were not. At 20 weeks and again at 30 weeks gestation, researchers evaluated the women's sleep and immune system functioning. They collected information about sleep through interviews. In order to assess the women's immune function, researchers measured levels of cytokine production. Cytokines are communication molecules that are involved in regulating the body's immune responses. The over-production of certain cytokines is a sign of elevated levels of inflammation in the body, and a signal that the body's immune system is not working properly. Researchers found:
  • Poor sleep and depression were both associated with increased risk for birth complications, when found separately and together.

  • Among the women evaluated, those with both depression and poor sleep were at the greatest risk for complications including pre-term birth and low birth weight.

  • At 20 weeks of pregnancy, depressed women had higher levels of cytokines than non-depressed women. By 30 weeks, the differences in cytokine levels between depressed and non-depressed women had disappeared. Researchers concluded this was likely because of a natural rise in cytokine production over the course of pregnancy.
  • My advise
    1....  Oxytocin (aka the cuddle chemical or the love hormone) is a chemical compound produced in the brain that prompts feelings of empathy, trust, relaxation and reduced anxiety.
    2...  Levels of oxytocin rise when we make physical contact with another human being. So when you hop into bed and spoon with your honey or take it to the next level of intimacy, the chemical is released and you feel calm and protected. In turn, feeling safe and secure helps you to fall asleep more easily which gives you more time to cycle through the stages of deep, restorative sleep.
    3...  One study from the University of Utah found an increase in reported sleep issues when people are temporarily separated from their bed partner – due to business-related travel, for example. When a couple is reunited after the separation, there was a dramatic decline in reported sleep problems.
    4,,,,  Another multiyear study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that women in stable, long-term relationships slept better than single women or women who had a change in their sleeping arrangement, either losing a sleeping partner or gaining a new one.
    5....  Sleeping relaxes your mind and body so that your child will grow healthy and more thinking power.
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