childbirthPregnant women need as much good sleep as possible during day hours and it helps them leading up to their due date. Good quality sleep could help women in tolerating labor pains.

Sleep deprivation is known to result in irritability and lack of focus, among other cognitive impairments. A day followed by an insomniac night is one of the horrific experiences for anyone and during pregnancy such experience of sleep deprived state could affect adversely in childbirth.

Sleep deprivation is very common among pregnant women, particularly in the final weeks of pregnancy, when it is often difficult to find a comfortable sleep position. Women are often waking frequently to urinate or with Braxton-Hicks contractions.

Sleep deprived women have been found to face difficult time tolerating labor during childbirth. Women who have long labors often go for nights on end with little to no sleep. Women who are able to have enough and good quality sleep generally progress through labor very quickly.

Women by nature have been blessed with an extraordinary ability to give birth without pain medication. However, sleeplessness, insomnia, sleep apnea, and prolonged labor as well as lack of support could create problems in normal childbirth.

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