Sleep in Women Across the Life Span

Martino F. Pengo, Christine H. Won, Ghada Bourjeily

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Abstract

There are many ways in which women experience sleep differently from men. Women contending with distinct sleep challenges respond differently to sleep disorders, as well as sleep deprivation and deficiency, and face particular health outcomes as a result of poor sleep. Idiosyncrasies, including changes that occur with the biological life cycles of menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, make the understanding of sleep in women an important topic to study. Each phase of a woman's life, from childhood to menopause, increases the risk of sleep disturbance in unique ways that may require distinct management. Indeed, new research is unraveling novel aspects of sleep pathology in women and the fundamental role that sex hormones play in influencing sleep regulation and arousals and possibly outcomes of sleep conditions. Moreover, studies indicate that during times of hormonal change, women are at an increased risk for sleep disturbances such as poor sleep quality and sleep deprivation, as well as sleep disorders such as OSA, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia. This article reviews sleep changes in female subjects from neonatal life to menopause.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-206
Number of pages11
JournalChest
Volume154
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • childhood
  • menopause
  • pregnancy
  • sex differences
  • sleep
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Pengo, M. F., Won, C. H., & Bourjeily, G. (2018). Sleep in Women Across the Life Span. Chest, 154(1), 196-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2018.04.005

Sleep in Women Across the Life Span. / Pengo, Martino F.; Won, Christine H.; Bourjeily, Ghada.

In: Chest, Vol. 154, No. 1, 01.07.2018, p. 196-206.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Pengo, MF, Won, CH & Bourjeily, G 2018, 'Sleep in Women Across the Life Span', Chest, vol. 154, no. 1, pp. 196-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2018.04.005
Pengo MF, Won CH, Bourjeily G. Sleep in Women Across the Life Span. Chest. 2018 Jul 1;154(1):196-206. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chest.2018.04.005
Pengo, Martino F. ; Won, Christine H. ; Bourjeily, Ghada. / Sleep in Women Across the Life Span. In: Chest. 2018 ; Vol. 154, No. 1. pp. 196-206.
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