Sleep Disorders in Women: From Menarche Through Pregnancy to Menopause: A Guide for Practical Management / Edition 1

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Increasing attention is currently being directed to a variety of health disorders that are either unique to or more common among women than men. This volume adds sleep disorders to the list of those in which important gender differences have been neglected. Sleep Disorders in Women: A Guide to Practical Management - plores the reasons for gender bias in this area of research and provides a comp- hensive and in-depth review of what is currently known and what still remains to be studied concerning this important topic. As several contributors to this volume indicate, numerous misconceptions exist due, not surprisingly, to a shortage of reliable data in the field. As an example, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is typically thought to be far more common in men than in women. However, as contributors to this volume carefully document, the prevalence of OSA in women varies considerably depending on the specific female population that is studied. It is low in premenopausal women, higher in postme- pausal women, particularly high in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, and of uncertain prevalence in pregnancy. This exemplifies the fact that as women move through varying hormonal environments including puberty, the menstrual cycle, use of oral contraceptives, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause, their risk for a variety of sleep disorders varies considerably. As pointed out in Dr.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book's 19 chapters addressing epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep disorders, with a special focus on the role that sex and endocrine differences play in the phenomenology and management of these conditions. The book is divided into five sections: an overview, and four sections concentrating on sleep during different stages of the female life cycle: adolescence, premenopause, pregnancy, and postmenopause.
Purpose: The editor's stated objectives are to help clinicians recognize sleep disorders in their female patients, guide in their diagnosis and treatment, and help to eliminate gender bias in sleep medicine practice and research.
Audience: According to the editor, the target audience is general: primary care physicians and other primary healthcare providers. However the book is more likely to benefit a more specialized audience, including those who treat women exclusively, e.g., obstetrician/gynecologists, and clinicians whose practices are focused on sleep medicine. The chapter authors are well respected clinicians and researchers including several internationally known experts. The authors represent a variety of specialties reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of sleep medicine.
Features: The book provides excellent overviews of the common (i.e., insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea) and more unusual (i.e., sleep related eating disorder) sleep disorders, as well as conditions that affect women exclusively, such as pregnancy and polycystic ovary syndrome. Particular attention is paid to how sleep disorders affect women uniquely. The book also emphasizes treatment approaches that are appropriate for different stages of the female life cycle, for instance, pregnancy and menopause. Chapters that address the same condition at different stages of the life cycle are complementary and not redundant. Most figures are helpful and add to the text.
Assessment: This would be a useful book for clinicians whose patient population consists mostly of women or patients with sleep complaints. It is well written and up to date and represents a worthy effort to close the gaps in our knowledge of sleep disorders in women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617376658
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 12/9/2010
  • Series: Current Clinical Neurology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Overview

Hrayr P. Attarian

Epidemiology of Sleep Disorders in Women
Hrayr P. Attarian

Workup of Female Patients With Sleep Complaints: A Guide for Mid-Level Health Care Providers
Diana Monaghan

The Impact of Life Cycle on Sleep in Women
Margaret Moline, Lauren Broch, and Rochelle Zak

Normal Reproductive and Endocrine Life Stages and Their Impact on Different Sleep Disorders
Rochelle Goldberg

Part II. Adolescents

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome in Adolescents
John Garcia

Defining, Assessing, and Treating Adolescent Insomnia and Related Sleep Problems
Amy R. Wolfson, Alison Quinn, and Anna Vannucci

Part III. Premenopausal Women

Restless Legs Syndrome: An Overview With an Emphasis on Women
David M. Hiestand and Barbara Phillips

Nonhormonal Treatments for Insomnia
Catherine C. Schuman

Obstructive Sleep Apnea-Hypopnea Syndrome in Premenopausal Women
Kanika Bagai and Beth A. Malow

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Mira Aubuchon

Women and Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Hrayr P. Attarian

Parasomnias From a Woman's Health Perspective
Carlos H. Schenck and Mark W. Mahowald

Part IV. Pregnancy

Restless Legs Syndrome in Pregnancy
Keith J. Nagle

Evaluating Insomnia During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Kathryn A. Lee and Aaron B. Caughey

Pregnancy and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Helena Schotland

Part V. Menopause

Restless Legs Syndrome and Menopause
Nancy S. Collins

Insomnia During Menopause: Sleep Laboratory Studies on Insomnia Associated With Postmenopausal Syndrome and Hormone Replacement Therapy
Gerda Saletu-Zyhlarz, Peter Anderer, Georg Gruber, Markus Metka, Johannes Huber, Elisabeth Grätzhofer, and BerndSaletu

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Menopause
Grace Pien and Sigrid Veasey


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