Women's Health

Why Women Should Also Be Concerned About Sleep Apnea

Pregnancy and sleep apnea

Unfortunately, pregnant women are not an exemption from this kind of disorder. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation’s 1998 Women and Sleep poll indicated that 78 percent of pregnant women had difficulty in sleeping. According to the  SomnoSure Education Center, sleep breathing disorders can be the results of the change in hormones and physiology in pregnancy. This is most especially true for pregnant women who are in their second and third trimesters. So, if these disorders are not overlooked, this may cause some health issues to both the mother and the baby before and after birth. Psychology Today also mentioned that pregnant women with obstructive sleep apnea have higher chances of having gestational diabetes and hypertension, pre-eclampsia, and maternal death.