University of California researchers stated that women who experienced insomnia and sleep apnea throughout their pregnancy are at risk of preterm labor. This research is the first to be done on the effects of insomnia during pregnancy. In this study of 3 million women, 2,265 women suffered from sleep disorders during their pregnancy. It was matched with participants suffering from sleep disorders with other participants who did not suffer from sleep disorders but had risks leading to premature birth (high blood pressure, smoking or previous preterm labor). This large body of experiments is Dr. Felder, Prof. It gave Prather and his team a good opportunity to examine the dichotomy between sleep disorders and types of preterm birth. For example, researchers can compare early and late births; they could observe the differences between induced preterm births and natural preterm births. This research aimed to examine disorders that seriously impair sleep, such as sleep apnea and insomnia, rather than ordinary changes during pregnancy. The researchers found that the rate of preterm birth is 14.6 percent in women with sleep disorders; He stated that 10.6 percent of the women in the other group gave birth prematurely.
The researchers say that identifying women at risk of preterm labor and providing them with appropriate and effective treatment options can prevent preterm birth, and the risk of complications increases in preterm births. Explaining that cognitive behavioral therapy can be a method to treat sleep disorders without medication, Dr. Felder and his team say they are investigating whether this method of treatment would be effective in pregnant women and whether the birth outcomes could be improved. Dr. Felder concludes by stating that the most exciting part about this research is the possibility of changing sleep disorders.