Gestational Diabetes and Poor Sleep
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a prenatal complication that can have a negative impact on both the mother and the baby. A recent study linked two different sleep behaviors (short sleep duration, and going to bed late), with an increased incidence of GDM.
The study was performed by Dr. Francesca Facco of Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Foundation at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “Few studies have objectively evaluated the duration, timing and quality of sleep in pregnancy and explored the relationship between objectively measured sleep and maternal and perinatal outcomes,” Dr. Facco and her team stated.
Their study included 782 women who were between 16 to 22 weeks into their pregnancies. The results showed that women who received less than seven hours of sleep per night (27.9% of the participants) were more than twice as likely to develop gestational diabetes as compared to those who slept longer. A separate factor in GDM was sleep midpoint, the halfway point between bedtime and rise time. Women whose sleep midpoint, regardless of duration of sleep, was later than 5 a.m. (18.9% of study participants) had an even greater odds ratio for GDM. Researchers stated that both findings were statistically significant.
The study suggests that getting to bed earlier, and sleeping more than seven hours per night, reduce the likelihood of developing GDM.
Citation: Am J Obstet Gynecol 2017.
Massage Helps Improve Sleep
The National Institutes of Health has advised that massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep.
Getting regular prenatal massage may therefore have a positive effect on lowering the risk of developing gestational diabetes.
If you wish to become certified as a prenatal massage therapist, Institute of Somatic Therapy offers certification in pregnancy massage.
Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider, #280672-00.