Which sleep-wake patterns are characteristic of sleep dysfunction in women?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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An irregular sleep pattern may point to impaired sleep hygiene or a circadian rhythm disorder. In delayed sleep phase syndrome, women consistently go to bed very late and are unable to get up in the morning.

Women who present with persistent early morning awakenings are more likely to suffer from depressive disorders.

Loud snoring and restless sleep suggest SDB. Multiple brief awakening and periodic leg kicks indicate the possibility of PLMD.


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