In general, sleep complaints are common in the health care field and they are twice as prevalent in women (1). Women with sleep disorders have been persistently underdiagnosed. This is primarily owing to a strong gender bias when it comes to both diagnosing and researching sleep disorders (2), and partially because of a difference in the way symptoms are perceived by women as opposed to men (3). Furthermore, most norms considered to be representative are from studies based primarily on men (4, 5, 6) despite the recognition that there are important sleep-related physiological differences in women. Women are generally underrepresented in sleep and sleep disorders research; in fact 75% of sleep research has been conducted in men (7). This has gradually started to change since the late 1990s, however, gender differences in sleep and sleep-disorder characteristics, are still underappreciated. This volume includes a chapter on the epidemiology of sleep disorders in women. It discusses and summarizes the latest research results from around the world.
KeywordsObstructive Sleep Apnea Hormone Replacement Therapy Sleep Disorder Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Respir Crit
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