Gestational diabetes can lead to excessive birth weight, preterm birth or respiratory distress in the baby, among other problems. While also raising the mother’s risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life.
According to researchers women who slept less than 6.25 hours a night were almost three times as likely to have gestational diabetes as those who slept more.
“Minimizing sleep disruption is important — limiting caffeine, avoiding electronics at bedtime and so on,” said the lead author, Dr. Sirimon Reutrakul, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “It’s another factor that may influence overall health. But it’s easier said than done.”
The findings were published on Sleep Medicine Reviews.