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.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pregnancy and Sleep Apnea

A new study has found that women diagnosed with gestational diabetes are 75 percent more likely to also suffer from sleep apnea. The study, conducted on a small group of 45 women, found that while sleep disorders are common amongst most pregnant women, those with gestational diabetes suffered more fragmented sleep patterns.

Diabetes has long been known as one of the dangers of sleep apnea, but the study’s authors admit they are not certain if there is a cause and effect relationship between gestational diabetes and this particular sleeping disorder.

If you are pregnant and suffering from sleep disturbances it is important that you speak to a sleep specialist as soon as possible. There are a number of minimally invasive sleep apnea treatments that can be used to restore a restful night’s sleep and help protect both you and your growing baby’s health. Untreated, sleep apnea can result in serious mental and physical health issues, making it important that you bring sleeping issues to the attention of a sleep doctor as soon as they appear.

If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes or are suffering from sleep disturbances during pregnancy, please contact an experienced sleep specialist in your area today.

posted by Admin at 4:09 AM