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Pregnancy is Linked to Sleep Apnea, Especially with Gestational Diabetes

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on August 21, 2013, pregnancy is associated with sleep disturbances and with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) especially in the presence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

The research found that pregnant women had a significantly higher apnea hypopnea index (AHI) and more disrupted sleep as indicated by significantly higher wake time after sleep, compared to a non-pregnant woman.

"In summary, we found that pregnancy is associated with significant disturbances in sleep quality in general, and an increased risk for OSA particularly in the presence of GDM," the authors write.

There is a strong association between GDM and OSA.


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