Current Sexual Health Reports

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 339–344 | Cite as

Interactions of Sleep and Female Sexual Function: a Review

  • Juliana M. KlingEmail author
  • Ekta Kapoor
  • Stephanie S. Faubion
Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders (T Lorenz and R Nappi, Section Editors)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disorders


Purpose of Review

Sleep disturbance and sexual function complaints are common in women, particularly during midlife. The current review describes the literature on associations between sleep and sexual function in women with a focus on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), insomnia, and other self-reported sleep complaints.

Recent Findings

Multiple studies demonstrate associations between OSA and sexual problems in both pre- and postmenopausal women. Recent studies show decreased sexual function associated with shorter sleep durations and insomnia in postmenopausal women, as well as with daytime sleepiness, poor sleep quality, and insomnia in premenopausal women.


An association exists between sleep disturbance and sexual dysfunction in women, which may indicate a direct interaction between these common complaints. However, equally or perhaps more important, are the independent determinants that influence both sleep and sexual function in women, such as obesity, mental health problems, and hormonal changes. Derangements in these factors have the potential to impact both sleep and sexual function.


Sleep disturbance Female sexual dysfunction Menopause Obstructive sleep apnea Hormones 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Juliana M. Kling and Ekta Kapoor each declare no potential conflicts of interest.

Stephanie Faubion is a consultant for Mithra Pharmaceuticals and Procter and Gamble.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliana M. Kling
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ekta Kapoor
    • 2
    • 3
  • Stephanie S. Faubion
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Women’s Health Internal MedicineMayo ClinicScottsdaleUSA
  2. 2.Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and NutritionMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Women’s Health Clinic, Division of General Internal MedicineMayo ClinicRochesterUSA

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