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Sleep and its disorders in women 

Sleep and its disorders in women
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Sleep and its disorders in women
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Milena Pavlova

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10.1093/med/9780199682003.003.0051
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date: 20 February 2020

Reproductive hormones affect sleep in a major way. Particularly common for women are insomnia, nightmare disorder, and restless legs syndrome (RLS). Other sleep disorders may have a different presentation in women. For example, sleep apnea commonly presents with insomnia. Common sleep complaints during pregnancy include hypersomnia due to hormonal changes, as well as insomnia, often due to mechanical sleep disruption, particularly in the last trimester. RLS is also commonly seen in pregnancy, and typically resolves after delivery. During menopause, sleep disruption may be due to hormonal fluctuations or secondary to other menopausal complaints (such as hot flashes at night or sleep apnea). Treatment of sleep disorders in women should always consider plans for pregnancy and lactation.

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