Pregnancy not only brings happiness and joy; it brings stress, as well as mental and physical changes. During pregnancy, it’s ideal that women get ample amounts of quality sleep; however, this is a rare occurrence. When looking at sleep problems in pregnant women, statistics show that pregnancy may increase an expecting mother’s likelihood of suffering from a sleep disorder.
A study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation found that after questioning a group of women, 3 out of 4 reported that they suffered from a higher amount of sleep disruptions during pregnancy. Many also reported decreased sleep quality, difficulty falling and staying asleep, as well as frequent waking throughout the night. Poor sleep quality can lead to fatigue, daytime drowsiness, and a lack of energy. Often these symptoms can be attributed to sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder that may be more prevalent in pregnant women.
Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea
Because pregnancy causes a rapid increase in body weight and continuous hormonal changes, the chances of suffering from sleep apnea greatly increase. This means that pregnant women are at a higher risk of suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway is narrowed or obstructed, which then leads to inconsistent breathing. Interrupted breathing can lead to low oxygen levels and an overworking heart which not only puts mom at risk but the baby as well. The problems multiply in women who are already overweight pre-pregnancy. If sleep apnea is left untreated, the condition could cause hypertension, low birth rate, preeclampsia and other health problems.
Whether you’re an expecting mom or an excited dad, you can suffer from sleep apnea. Men, pregnant women, non-pregnant women, and even toddlers can all be diagnosed with sleep apnea. If you experience any of the symptoms commonly linked with the disorder, including constant snoring, daytime drowsiness, or a lack of energy; now is the time to see a sleep physician and participate in a sleep study.
If the study leads to a positive diagnosis, sleep apnea treatment is the next step to staying healthy and safe while you sleep. A sleep apnea treatment consultation with Dr. Siegel will allow you to get the treatment you need that will improve the quality of your life. To get started, contact Dr. Siegel’s office by calling us to schedule an appointment or by filling out our online form.