SWHR Response to NHLBI Women’s Health Working Group

Policy Engagement

Published 1/25/19

SWHR responded to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Women’s Health Working Group (WHWG) request for information regarding the role of sex and gender in mechanisms of sleep diseases and disorders. SWHR’s provided data on how biological sex can affect disorder presentation, as well as information regarding the higher prevalence rates of sleep disorders in women versus men.

SWHR specifically identified the following gaps in the sleep disorders literature:

  1. Understanding risk factors and improving diagnoses for women
  2. Examining sex differences and gaps in treatment
  3. Exploring how sleep impacts other diseases and conditions

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Learn more about women’s sleep health through the work of the SHWR Sleep Network.