Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pregnancy and Snoring

A new study released information also showing that snoring while pregnant can lead to future health issues between both the mother and the baby. By having a sleep apnea evaluation performed by Dr. Ira Shapira in Gurnee Illinois, you can make sure you put a stop to your snoring and sleep apnea so you and your baby get the sleep you need.

The study was performed on 189 healthy women who were observed and surveyed both early in their pregnancy, when they enrolled, and in their third trimester. The results showed that women who snore at least 3 nights per week had 14.3% chance of developing gestational diabetes. Women who did not snore this often only had a 3% chance of developing the disease.

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops in 1% to 3% of pregnant women, and it affects their ability to process sugar. The results of having gestational diabetes include an increased risk of complications and health problems with the baby at birth.

Doctors believe that pregnant women develop serious snoring problems and sleep apnea because the increased weight gained by the pregnant body can lead to airway resistance. An experienced sleep dentist can help determine what the best sleep apnea treatment is for you.

If you or your sleep partner is pregnant and snoring at least 3 times per week, you should contact sleep apnea dentist Dr. Ira Shapira in Gurnee, Illinois to schedule a sleep evaluation.

posted by Lynn at 6:19 AM