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Study: Poor sleep in pregnancy may contribute to birth-related complications

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Poor sleep quality and quantity during pregnancy can disrupt normal immune processes and may lead to lower birth weights and other complications, according to a study in Psychosomatic Medicine. The results of “Disturbed Sleep and Inflammatory Cytokines in Depressed and Nondepressed Pregnant Women: An Exploratory Analysis of Pregnancy Outcomes” indicate that women with depression and poor sleep are at greatest risk for adverse birth-related outcomes. Read more and access the study.

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  • I am constantly amazed at the impact of sleep or lack thereof on an individuals health and the ongoing fact that sleep remains an area which is not normally explored, we need more research like this to encourage nurses in all areas to ask the right questions.

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