Cardiovascular Disease in Women Across the Lifespan: The Importance of Sleep


Stacie L. Daugherty, Jason R. Carter, Ghada Bourjeily


Journal of Women's Health


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and sleep disturbances are both common and associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Compared with men, women are more likely to report insufficient sleep. During the 2018 Research Conference on Sleep and the Health of Women sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, researchers in cardiology, integrative physiology and sleep medicine reviewed the current understanding of how sleep and sleep disturbances influence CVD in women across the lifespan. Women may be particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of sleep disturbances at important stages of their life, including during pregnancy and after menopause. The proposed pathways linking sleep disturbances and adverse cardiovascular outcomes in women are numerous and the complex interaction between them is not well understood. Future research focused on understanding the scope of sleep disorders in women, defining the underlying mechanisms, and testing interventions to improve sleep are critical for improving the cardiovascular health of all women.



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