A new study says that mothers who have insomnia may be more likely to experience a premature delivery, which could lead to a host of problems for their child.
In this issue, we’ll talk about the study, and share information about concerns of premature births.
The Study at a Glance
For their study, researchers analyzed data of 2,265 pregnant women to see what impact sleep disorders had on the risk of preterm birth – deliveries that occur before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy.
The researchers found that women who experience sleep disorders – particularly sleep apnea and insomnia – are more likely to deliver their children before the 34th week – or at 8 months of the gestation period.
Based upon their results, the researchers characterized the overall risk of giving birth prematurely at 14.6% for women with sleep disorders and 11% for women who sleep well.
Does premature birth lead directly to other problems?
Not all the time. In fact, many babies who are born prematurely have no problems whatsoever. But others do.
In fact, there’s new research indicating that the development of a child’s brain may suffer greatly by being born prematurely. The data from that study actually suggests that an infant’s brain may be trying to “make up for lost time” in premature births by producing certain types of cells more quickly that it normally would.
Each year, 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. According to The Mayo Clinic, some of the more common problems associated with premature birth include problems with:
- Body temperature control
Premature birth has also been known to cause:
- Cerebral palsy
- Behavioral and psychological problems
- Other chronic health issues
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