WOMEN & SLEEP

 

Sleep plays a vital role in the promotion of a woman's overall well-being and health. Nearly 40 million American men and women suffer from sleep disorders. However, sleep problems affect more women than men. Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. There are many factors that can affect a woman's sleep including:

 

Hormonal Changes & Imbalances

Medication Use

Poor Sleep Habits

Obesity/Weight

Life Events 

Other Medical Conditions:

Depression, Hypertension, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia or History of Cardiovascular Disease

 

 

 

 

 

PREGNANCY & SLEEP

Pregnancy is a wonderful and exciting time for most women but pregnancy can also mean coping with daytime sleepiness and a risk of developing sleep issues. According to the National Sleep Foundation changing hormone levels, emotions, anxiety about labor and delivery, balancing motherhood and work as well as other life changes contribute to many women feeling tired. It is important that pregnant women prioritize sleep and find effective strategies for managing sleep problems early on. Events during your pregnancy and labor can affect how your baby sleeps after birth and even into the preschool years.

 

LABOR + DELIVERY

A California study reported that women who sleep less than 6 hours during pregnancy have longer labor times and are 4.5x more likely to have a Cesarean section. Sleep Deprivation in women during pregnancy also increases the risk for preeclampsia by 9 times.

 

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION + SLEEP

"A study published in the current issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing shows that depression symptoms worsen in PPD patients when their quality of sleep declines. Sleep deprivation can hamper a mother's ability to care for her infant, as judgment and concentration decline".

 

Sleep-deprived mothers also may inadvertently compromise their infants' sleep quality because infants often adopt their mothers' circadian sleep rhythms.

 

MENOPAUSE & SLEEP

From peri-menopause to post-menopause, women report the most sleeping problems. Most often concerns include hot flashes, mood disorders, hormonal changes and imbalances, insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing. Sleep problems are often accompanied by depression and anxiety. Generally, post-menopausal women are less satisfied with their sleep and as many as 61% report insomnia symptoms. 

 

Snoring has also been found to be more common and severe in post-menopausal women. Snoring, along with pauses or gasps in breathing are signs of a more serious sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A diagnostic sleep study can determine if you have sleep apnea. 

SLEEP DISORDERS & WOMEN

1. Sleep Apnea

2. Insomnia

3. Restless Leg Syndrome

4. Periodic Limb Movement

5. Sleep Deprivation

6. Nightmares

SUPPORT

FOR INDIVIDUAL/PATIENT:

If sleep challenges revolve around behavioral. lifestyle choices consulting and coaching are available to assist you in creating a customized plan to get your sleep back on track through our SE+T™ sleep program. We also specialize in providing maternity, child & family sleep education.

 

FOR EMPLOYEES/GROUPS:

Education regarding sleep and wellness can be provided onsite. This program focuses on highlighting how sleep is an intricate component in the wellness dynamic and a key factor in preventative care for the acceleration of other diseases especially as we age. During this presentation attendees will learn:

  • Education for fostering healthier sleep habits, bed time routine and day to day lifestyle choices that help in managing sleep challenges.

  • Address Sleep Deprivation and and how prolonged sleep loss can manifest into medical issues as time progresses increasing the risks associated with undiagnosed sleep disorders and the correlation to increased risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease including risk of stroke, heart attack and heart failure. 

  • The role sleep plays in healthy weight management.

MEDICAL OFFICES:

 

  • A screening program for patients to address symptoms or medical history that warrants diagnostic sleep testing. 

  • The process for sending for a consultation with a sleep medicine doctor or completing a prescription for a complete sleep study including all guidelines for mandated documentation required by insurances.

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