Skip to main content

Sleep disorders in women or female gendered individuals

Edited by:
Kin Yuen: Stanford University and University of California San Francisco, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 March 2024


Sleep Science and Practice is calling for submissions to our Collection on Sleep disorders in women or female individuals. The presentation of sleep disorders in women may differ from that seen in men. There is increasing awareness of the role of hormonal changes that affect the onset of clinical symptoms. This article collection will present a more complete picture from in-utero brain development, the microbiome of the infant, pubertal hormonal contribution, pregnancy association developmental changes in the mother, and menopausal transitions to old age. There is some newer research into changes associated with female hormones’ effects during gender transition as well.

Image credit © Gifford / science photo library / Agentur Focus

Meet the Guest Editors

Back to top

Kin Yuen: Stanford University and University of California San Francisco, USA

Dr. Kin Yuen is Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for Stanford University and Assistant Clinical Professor for University of California San Francisco. She is a sleep medicine specialist who provides a range of treatments and other services for patients with sleep disorders.

Yuen has been a principal investigator for studies on heart arrythmias and medical devices. She has co-authored articles on topics such as economic evaluations in health care and sleep disorders.

Yuen earned her medical degree and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in sleep disorders at Stanford Medicine, where she also earned a master's degree in health research and policy. Before completing her fellowship, she practiced internal medicine at the Stanford Medical Group.

Yuen is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and serves on its public safety committee. She also serves as an advisory member to the School of Sleep Medicine's continuing medical education committee. In 2019, she chaired an Associated Professional Sleep Societies symposium on women and sleep disorders. She has been an invited speaker on women and sleep disorders for the California Sleep Society. She has made media appearances as an expert on women and sleep disorders as well as on obstructive sleep apnea.

About the Collection

The presentation of sleep disorders in women may differ from that seen in men. There is increasing awareness of the role of hormonal changes that affect the onset of clinical symptoms. This article collection will present a more complete picture from in utero brain development, microbiome of the infant, pubertal hormonal contribution, pregnancy association developmental changes in the mother, menopausal transitions to old age. There is some newer research into changes associated with female hormones’ effects during gender transition as well.

Through a series of expert-authored articles, this Collection accepts submission of original research or review articles focused on:

  • Brain development and difference in electroencephalographic (EEG) markers for different sexes, particularly for variants such as XXY, XYY, XO mutations: in utero, at birth, at puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and senescence.
  • Microbiome of the mother and fetal development and outcome measures, such as weight at birth and health of baby at birth.
  • New or proposed diagnostic criteria, sex predilection of sleep disorders for women, or treatment options at school age, puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or senescence.
  • The most common sleep disorders, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options sleep disturbances for women during menopausal transition.
  • Hormonal replacement and alternative treatment(s) for menopausal women: safety, efficacy on sleep disturbance.
  • Women with depression at any age: are there subjective or objective differences in treatment modalities as compared to men in particular? For example, in responses to cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, alertness promoting medications, psychoactive substances: e.g. psilocybin, cannabinoid, ketamine.
  • Women with attention deficit/attention deficit hyperactivity disorders: presentation and response to treatment compared to men.


It is recommended that authors refer to the SAGER (Sex and Gender Equity in Research) guidelines and this Nature editorial on sex and gender reporting in research.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

Back to top

This Collection welcomes submission of original research articles and reviews.

Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Sleep disorders in women or female gendered individuals" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.