Rises in BP Tied to Too Little Sleep in Pregnancy

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Pregnant women who get too little sleep are at risk for preeclampsia ...

Compared with women sleeping seven to nine hours a night early in their pregnancies, those getting less than five hours a night were nearly 10 times as likely to develop preeclampsia (OR 9.52, 95% CI 1.83 to 49.40) ...

There was also a trend toward a greater likelihood of preeclampsia in women sleeping 10 hours or longer, although it did not reach statistical significance (OR 2.45, 95% CI 0.74 to 8.15) ...

This is the first time the relationship between sleep habits and blood pressure have been explored in pregnant women ...

"Our findings, however, are generally consistent with reports documenting associations between habitual sleep duration, blood pressure values, and hypertension in men, nonpregnant women, adolescents, and children," they wrote.

"If confirmed by other studies, our findings may motivate increased efforts aimed at exploring lifestyle approaches, particularly improved sleep habits, to lower preeclampsia risk."

... "evidence from experimental studies suggest[s] that insufficient sleep results in metabolic and neuroendocrine alterations that may contribute to hypertension and cardiovascular disease." ...

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