Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Insomnia May Be Tied to Increased Risk of Pregnancy Loss

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Insomnia May Be Tied to Increased Risk of Pregnancy Loss

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AT SLEEP 2016

DENVER -- Women who experience difficulty staying asleep may be at increased risk of having one or more pregnancies that do not result in a live birth, a large epidemiologic study showed.

In contrast, other expressions of insomnia--difficulty in falling asleep, early morning awakening, or nonrestorative sleep--were not significantly associated with pregnancy loss in this analysis of a nationally representative sample comprising of 5,554 women aged 18-45 years, Sara Nowakowski, Ph.D., reported at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

The women were participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2005-2008, which collected data on reproductive history as well as sleep patterns. Roughly 20% of the women self-reported experiencing insomnia. Eighty-three percent of the 18-to 45-year-old women had been pregnant at least once, and 1,870 (40%) of them had one or more prior pregnancies that didn't result in a live birth.

In a multivariate logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, race, education level, and frequency of sleep apnea symptoms, such as snoring or snorting/ gasping, frequent difficulty in maintaining sleep was independently associated with an 85% increased risk of having experienced a pregnancy that didn't result in a live birth, according to Dr. …

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