The Impact of Life Cycle on Sleep in Women

  • Margaret Moline
  • Lauren Broch
  • Rochelle Zak
Part of the Current Clinical Neurology book series (CCNEU)


Across the life cycle of women, the quality and quantity of sleep can be markedly affected by both internal (e.g., hormonal changes and vasomotor symptoms) and external (e.g., financial, marital, and child-care responsibilities) factors. This chapter outlines some of the major phases of the life cycle that have been associated with sleep problems in women. Very little systematic, large-scale research has been performed in any of the areas reviewed here, and, once identified, sleep problems are generally best addressed using standard therapeutic approaches. However, in the case of pregnant and lactating women, the welfare of the fetus or child must be considered in the treatment decision. This chapter is organized into sections that address sleep problems associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, postpartum, and perimenopause.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Apnea Menstrual Cycle Sleep Disorder Sleep Deprivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Moline
    • 1
  • Lauren Broch
    • 2
  • Rochelle Zak
    • 3
  1. 1.Eisai Medical ResearchRidgefield ParkNJ
  2. 2.Sleep Disorders InstituteGood Samaritan HospitalSuffernNY
  3. 3.Department of Internal MedicineMain Line Health SystemWynnewood

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