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Sleep is an important restorative behaviour and plays an integral role in your health. To improve your sleep quality, it is important to understand how sleep helps to restore our health and energy.

1.1 Why do we sleep?

Sleep allows our brains to consolidate our learning and memory so we can perform tasks better the next day. When we have enough sleep, we are less likely to overeat and crave unhealthy food and make wiser food choices.

1.2 Symptoms of Sleep Deprivation

1.3 Health Risks of Poor Sleep

There are many health risks associated with poor quality sleep for preconception women, pregnant and postpartum women.

1.4 Sleep in Pregnancy

Sleep is important in pregnancy but sometimes changes to your body makes it difficult to fall asleep and get comfortable. Pregnant women are more prone to sleep disturbances and short sleep duration due to hormonal changes, physical discomfort, sleep disorders and anxiety associated with childbearing that they experience. Many women experience sleep disturbances especially in their second and third trimester.

Getting quality sleep during pregnancy is important for both mother and baby. Insufficient and poor quality sleep are associated with pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and early birth.