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Obesity, Apnea & Pregnancy
Can Mean Increased Risk for Mother and Child

A new study published online in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that newborns of obese pregnant women with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit compared with obese mothers without sleep apnea. The study also found higher rates or pre-eclampsia, hypertension and the need for cesarean delivery in overweight pregnant women.

COPD & Sleep Quality

Patient's with severe COPD have a poorer quality of sleep compared to patients without COPD. Lower oxygen levels in COPD patients also resulted in a prolonged latency to sleep onset (time from lights out to sleep onset) and a decrease in sleep efficiency (the percentage of time in bed actually spent sleeping). COPD patients also spend more time in light sleep and less time in REM (rapid eye movement or “dream” sleep).

Poor Sleep Quality & Resistant Hypertension

The American Heart Association reported the results of a study of 234 patients with hypertension (high blood pressure). Most patients had a total sleep time of less than 6 hours. Women were more likely to report a lower sleep quality than men. Additionally, patients that reported poor sleep quality were 2x as likely to have resistant hypertension compared to patients who slept well.

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