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What is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) during pregnancy?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
With all of the changes going on in your body during your pregnancy, you may find that your sleep rhythms are disrupted. Most women find themselves falling asleep earlier than usual while pregnant, especially in the first trimester, but some women can't fall asleep until late at night or early in the morning.

This is called delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS), and it happens when your circadian rhythm, or internal clock, gets delayed. If you have DSPS, you might not be sleepy until the wee hours of the morning. The real problem arises when work, family, or school requires you to wake up bright and early, leaving you with only a few hours of sleep.

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