A California study of over 2000 women, found that pregnant women with sleep disorders, such as insomnia or sleep apnea, are more likely to have premature births. The chance for a woman with sleep apnea to give birth prematurely is not only likely, the chances are more than double that of a woman with no sleep issues. Insomnia nearly doubles the chances of a premature birth. A premature birth, which is a delivery before 37 weeks gestation, can be dangerous not only to the pregnant woman but also to her unborn child.

The good news is that sleep disorders are treatable which means the risks can easily be mitigated. Some people feel that there should be screening for sleep disorders on pregnant women so they can be properly treated during and after their pregnancies. Women with sleep apnea have a many choices of CPAP machines which will make sure to give them the air that they desperately need in order to sleep properly. There are studies going on to see if insomnia can be treated with cognitive behavioral therapy which hopefully would get into the root of the issues that make it hard to sleep and then working through them.

Key Points:

  • 1Sleep apnea is more risky than insomnia for full term pregnancy delivery.
  • 2There is an increased risk of 3.7% for preterm birth if you are having sleep issues.
  • 3Cognitive behavioral therapy is the answer to non-medication for pregnant women with sleep disorder.


Sleep disorders during pregnancy may increase the risk of preterm birth, a new study finds.

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