Common sleep disorders in women

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Staying asleep or falling asleep can occur twice in women as compared to men at similar life stages and the scientists and researchers have recently focused on the sleep disorders in women. It is needless to say that sound sleep is seen in younger ladies or girls however; as they age, sleep gets less sound and they feel often depressed due to psychological stress or lifestyle changes whatsoever the matter with specific woman is. Women sleep may get affected due to a number of factors, with millions of women in the world suffering with one kind of sleep disorder or the another and the major factors can be mentioned as stress, anxiety, relationship issues, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, premenstrual syndrome, illness and  uncommon mood swings. On the other hand, some of the women have reported about late night awakening issues, night walking, insomnia, difficulty in waking up and daytime sleepiness which are not good conditions for healthy and happier life.

Common sleep disorders in women
Of course, people find insomnia as the most common and frequent sleep disorders in women but other issues are also there which needs attention. Some of the sleep disorders are discussed below –

  • Insomnia: early awakening, staying asleep, troubles falling asleep, difficulty in resuming sleep, sleep fragmentation.
  • Sleep-disordered breathing: disrupted sleep, breath interruptions during sleep, snoring, daytime sleepiness
  • Restlessness legs syndrome (RLS): restlessness in legs, idiopathic disorders, calf discomfort
  • Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD): periodic leg movements, sleep arousal at a sudden, excessive sleepiness or insomnia
  • Narcolepsy: hypnagogic hallucinations, sleep paralysis, daytime sleepiness and cataplexy
  • REM sleep behavior disorders: repetitive, complex and violent motor responses, muscle atonia, parasomnia
  • Circadian sleep disorders: DSPS or delayed sleep phase syndrome, eveningness chronotype and onset of puberty.

Common symptoms of women sleep disorder

  • Overlap
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Problems in maintaining sleep
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Snoring

Causes of sleep disorders in women

  • Change in hormonal levels or hormonal fluctuations
  • Multi-faceted responsibilities of women like wife, mother, parents or worker
  • Decrease in menopausal estrogen levels
  • Stimulating drugs such as nicotine or caffeine
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Obesity and overweight
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Psychological issues
  • Age

Sleep disorders diagnosis in women
Detailed medical overview and diagnosis is the prominent step which must be taken by women if they are facing sleep disorders symptoms and difficulty while sleeping. The physician will certainly ask for different parameters such as medications, family medical problems, psychological or medical problems, anxiety and depression causes so that proper treatment can be given to you. Some of the common tests and diagnosis exams done on women for study of sleep disorders in women are –

  • Multiple sleep latency test or MSLT
  • Sleep log
  • Polysomnography

Treatments of women sleep disorders

  • Educating women about sound and uninterrupted sleep
  • Better sleep hygiene promotion
  • Medication
  • Lifestyle and behavior changes
  • Diet
  • Activity
  • Surgical care for snoring like Uvulopalatopharyngoplastyor UPPP