Sleeping difficulties

Sleep disturbances are especially common during the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. For many women, fatigue is one of the most noticeable symptoms during early pregnancy, and consequently they find themselves needing to sleep more often than normal. Ironically, the same hormones responsible for tiredness during the day can also interfere with sleep patterns leaving the mother feeling exhausted even after a full night's sleep. Hormonal fluctuations can also cause increased body sensitivity, making it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. By the time the mother reaches the third trimester, her body has undergone numerous structural changes that can further contribute to sleep deprivation. The frequent need to urinate, heartburn, shortness of breath, leg cramps, backache and pre-labour anxiety can all interrupt one's sleep. Osteopathic treatment can help to improve sleeping difficulties by alleviating stresses in the tissues and restoring a natural balance to the body.

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Cutler MJ, Holland BS, Stupski BA, Gamber RG, Smith ML

Published in the J Altern Complement Med Feb;11(1):103-8. 2005

Cranial manipulation, specifically the CV4 technique, can alter sleep latency and directly measured MSNA in healthy humans. These findings provide important insight into the possible physiologic effects of cranial manipulation. However, the mechanisms behind these changes remain unclear.