Symptoms and Signs of Sleep Disorders in Women

Medical Author: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Sleep Disorders in Women

Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Changes in hormonal levels, stress, illness, lifestyle, pregnancy, and the sleep environment may impact a woman’s sleep. Insomnia is the most common sleep problem in women. This includes trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or early awakening, and inability to resume sleep. Other common sleep disorders in women include sleep-disordered breathing, restless legs syndrome (RLS), periodic limb movement disorder, and narcolepsy.

The most common symptoms of sleep disorders in women include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, disrupted sleep, early awakening, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Other symptoms of sleep disorders in women include hot flashes/night sweats, snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (breathing cessation during sleep), calf discomfort and restlessness in the legs that is relieved by movement, and fatigue. Symptoms of the sleep disorder narcolepsy include excessive daytime sleepiness and sudden sleep attacks.

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