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.