Other than proper exercise, and balanced diet there is one more crucial thing that ensures our overall well-being - proper sleep. For those of you who compromise on good sleep, some of the most recent studies warns against the lack of it. Not only does lack of proper sleep lead to weight gain, mood swings, headache, low performance, lethargy, it can also mess with our brain functions. A novel study warns against the lack of sleep as well as the excess of it. According to experts at University of Pittsburgh, US, both too short and too long sleep durations in pregnancy are associated with extremes of gestational weight gain.
"We know that poor sleep in pregnancy has been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes," said one of the researchers Francesca Facco from Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, US.
"Our findings provide a potential mechanism for poor sleep in pregnancy and adverse outcomes," Facco added.
The study involved 751 nulliparous women with a singleton gestation. They were recruited to wear an actigraph to record objective sleep activity for seven consecutive days. Women with pre-gestational diabetes and chronic hypertension were excluded from the study. Sleep duration was calculated as an average across study nights.
While the majority of women (74.8 percent) had a sleep duration between seven and nine hours, the data suggested that both short and long sleep duration in pregnancy are associated with gestational weight gain. The findings will be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting in Atlanta, US.