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Half of pregnant women who have hypertension and snore unknowingly have a sleep disorder

Half of pregnant women who have hypertension and snore unknowingly have a sleep disorder
Louise O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S. is an associate professor at U-M’s Sleep Disorders Center in the Department of Neurology and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the U-M Medical School. Credit: University of Michigan Health System
One in two hypertensive pregnant women who habitually snore may have unrecognized obstructive sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that can reduce blood oxygen levels during the night and that has been linked to serious health conditions, new University of Michigan-led research shows.

One in four hypertensive  who don’t snore also unknowingly suffer from the, according to the study that appears in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

“We know that habitual snoring is linked with poor pregnancy outcomes for both mother and child, including increased risk of C-sections and smaller babies,” says lead author Louise O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S., associate professor at U-M’s Sleep Disorders Center in the Department of Neurology and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the U-M Medical School.

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The Problem With Snoring

Snoring has long been considered a nuisance to bed partners and an issue of denial for millions of snorers.  Having spent time on both sides of the equation with a family full of snorers and as a snorer myself seeking a solution to provide relief for my wife, I completely understand the challenges for couples and family’s all over. 

In total, sleep related breathing disorders, ranging from simple snoring to obstructive sleep apnea, affects up to 90 million people in the US.  This is without counting the countless hours of sleep lost by those sharing the room with the snorer or apnea sufferer.

The numbers are astounding:

–          40 to 50 million snorers in the U.S. alone

–          35 to 50 million disrupted bed partners of snorer’s

The problem of snoring is nothing new; we’ve all seen snorers on sitcom’s and movies for years as its common place for us to normalize snoring as regular and untreatable. 

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