Untreated Sleep Apnea is Bad for Fetus; a New Study.

Pregnant woman lying in bed sleeping
 
 
“In this month’s SLEEP journal, Blyton and colleagues report a series of three small studies of fetal activity in women with and without preeclampsia. They found objective evidence of reduced fetal movements in women with preeclampsia, many of whom had sleep disordered breathing (SDB), and improvement in fetal movements following intervention with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
 
… it raises the possibility that a simple, noninvasive therapy for SDB may improve fetal well-being.
 
These findings are clinically important and very timely.
 
 
There has been a marked rise in publications in recent years showing that the frequency of SDB is increased during pregnancy and is independently associated with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. In addition, a large proportion of pregnant women with gestational hypertension and preeclampsia appear to have unrecognized SDB.”
 
– Louise M. O’Brien, PhD, MS
 
Why does sleep apnea occur with greater frequency during pregnancy?
 
Hormonal changes of pregnancy relax your upper airway muscles causing a narrowing of the airway during inhalation, which  in turn causes snoring and sleep apnea (repeated cessation of respirations lasting for ten or more seconds and robbing you of your deep sleep, causing severe daytime sleepiness and fatigue). Untreated, sleep apnea also increases the risk of gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and low birth weight.
 
How do you know if you might have sleep apnea?
 
You can watch my 90 sec video clip from PBS to learn about the symptoms of sleep apnea.
 
 
 
Answer the following questions; if you reply yes to two or more, you are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea and should talk to your doctor. 
 
S—Do you snore loudly?
T—Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime?
O—Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep?
P—Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

 

A simple home sleep test can diagnose this serious disease. You can learn more about it by watching this 90 sec video clip from PBS.
 
 
 
There is a safe, easy, and very effective treatment called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). CPAP hooks to a nasal mask or cannula, which acts as a pneumatic splint that keeps the airway open, thus eliminating snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disruption, and the apnea-related complications. So, please get it diagnosed and treated promptly. 
 
Sleep Well, Live Well. God Bless You.
 
Advertisements

Comments

2 Comments so far. Leave a comment below.
  1. Marty McFly,

    I think you have given me a better perspective about sleep and my mental health just by reading a few of your posts. I might have to buy your book! Cheers!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Vanguard Blog

Insights and opinions from Vanguard leaders

who is bert

a dialogue on mind, consciousness and existence

theflexifoodie.wordpress.com/

Delicious plant-based, whole food recipes & my healthy living tips!

Five.

Five true stories, every five weeks.

Talkin' Reckless

Thoughts on feminism, health, and education

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

Nursing Clio

The Personal is Historical

Young & Twenty

A Blog Dedicated To Surviving The Chaos Of Our 20's

Love—Life—OM

Support for survivors of domestic violence, rape and fraud

The Vedic Philosophy (ऋषिचिंतन)

Veda || The Received Name for The Highest Spiritual Truth of which The Human Mind is Capable

Proactive Indian

Reflections on everyday life in India and elsewhere

Life's Little Banter

Right now is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be...

The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker

My life and everything that touches it....

peakmemory

The memory improvement blog

Inspirational Quotes | Motivational Blog | Images | Pictures

Quotes For Kids | Success Quotes | Bob Marley Quotes

Indifem

“When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch". Bette Davis

LEANNE COLE Photography

Fine Art Photographer ~ Daring to be Different

NewsFeed

Breaking news and updates from Time.com. News pictures, video, Twitter trends.

Tech

News and reviews from the world of gadgets, gear, apps and the web

shamanictracking

Opening doors to enhanced life experiences by uncovering the unseen

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

We are photographers living with or affected by mental illness; supporting each other one photograph at a time. Join our community, submit today!

Suzanne Askham

Intuitive meditation

CultFit

Form, Flow and Grace

bhardwazbhardwaz

Knowledge and Happiness(K&H) multiples by dividing it. More you share, higher and bigger they grow.

Taozi Tree Yoga

The seeds we water are the seeds that grow.

Yukiaru

Snap pictures, tell stories

Love. Life.

It's simple, yet powerful.

buddhawalksintoabar

adventures in living my yoga, untethering my soul all whilst not giving up on chocolate or wine

Seven Spheres

Aqua Terra Ignis et Aer

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging

Personal Branding for Professional Sucess

The Premier Personal Branding Blog in India

Egyptian Streets

Independent Media

yatinJpatel.com

A pulmonary & sleep physician, I blog @ sleeping soundly, working happily, leading humbly, & living fully. http://yatinJpatel.com

Bucket List Publications

Indulge- Travel, Adventure, & New Experiences

Depression Time

A journal about depression, panic, and creating a life of clarity, balance, and meaning.

Droppings

Just the good stuff.

Șic și clasic - "Chic & Classic" luxury fine arts, entirely handcrafted, original design

Cand cumperi arta nu cumperi doar ceea ce vezi si pipai cumperi sufletul unui om, sufletul artistului pentru ca el/ artistul s-a uitat in sufletul lui si a scos de acolo ce a gasit

Basic Maths

A thoughtfully designed and well-constructed grid theme.

tismond

I'm a writer writing for the joy of it.

British Asian Woman

Daily life and current affairs from a cross-cultural perspective

Matt on Not-WordPress

Stuff and things.

%d bloggers like this: