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“I Am Pregnant; Why Can’t I Sleep?” 

“I Am Pregnant; Why Can’t I Sleep?”

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“I Am Pregnant; Why Can’t I Sleep?”
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Sandra L. Horowitz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190609917.003.0029
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date: 22 July 2017

This chapter reviews the common sleep disorders of pregnancy. During pregnancy and postpartum, 84% of women report poor sleep at least a few nights a week. These problems are common, disruptive to daytime and nighttime activity, and may have multiple causes. This chapter covers aspects of insomnia and restless leg syndrome. It also discusses sleep apnea in pregnancy with related hormonal changes that may increase the incidence. There is an association of sleep apnea and pregnancy-induced hypertension, with increased adverse outcomes of pregnancy, including fetal growth retardation and premature birth. It has been suggested that treating nocturnal airflow limitation may improve gestational hypertension. The recommended therapies in this chapter may also be applied to non-pregnant patients with similar complaints.

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