“Our work in the Sleep Network is exemplary in generating focus on areas such as the root causes of sex/gender based susceptibility to insomnia, the role of sex hormones in modulating sleep and health outcomes across the lifespan, and sex differences in pharmodynamics of hypnotics resulting in safety concerns.”
– Susan Redline, MD, MPH – Peter C Farrell Professor of Sleep Medicine – Harvard Medical School, & SWHR Sleep Network Chair


2014 – Present

Mission Statement

To promote awareness, education, and research that highlights sex/gender differences in sleep and circadian rhythms and their impact on health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

  • Develop resources to facilitate the inclusion of sex and gender differences in basic and clinical research.
  • Create and disseminate educational materials to policymakers, healthcare providers and the public.

Current Members

  • Susan Redline, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School (Network Chair)
  • Jessica A. Mong, PhD, University of Maryland (Network Co-Chair)
  • Hrayr Attarian, MD, Northwestern University
  • Fiona Baker, PhD, SRI International
  • Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC, Yale University
  • Andrew D. Krystal, MD, Duke University
  • Judette Louis, MD, MPH, University of South Florida
  • Jodi Mindell, PhD, Saint Joseph’s University
  • Amita Sehgal, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Katherine M. Sharkey, MD, PhD, Brown University
  • Ken P. Wright, Jr., PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD, Northwestern University

Program Director

Rebecca Nebel, PhD

Peer-reviewed Articles and Reviews

  • Mallampalli and Carter, “Exploring Sex and Gender Differences in Sleep Health: A Society for Women’s Health Research Report.” Journal of Women’s Health 23, no. 7 (2014): 553-562. PMID: 24956068
  • Krystal and Attarian. “Sleep Medications and Women: a Review of Issues to Consider for Optimizing the Care of Women with Sleep Disorders.” Current Sleep Medicine Reports 2, no. 4 (2016): 218-222.

Presentations and Symposia

  • “Exploring Sex and Gender Differences in Sleep Health.” Poster presentation at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, April 24-26, 2014. Presenter: Monica P. Mallampalli.
  • “The Importance of Creating an Interdisciplinary Network To Study Sex And Gender Differences In Sleep.” Poster presentation at the Sixth World Congress on Sleep Medicine, Seoul, Korea, March 21-25, 2015. Authors: Hrayr Attarian, Monica P. Mallampalli, and Christine L. Carter; Presenter: Hrayr Attarian.
  • “Sleep and Sex.” Symposium at the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting, Palo Alto, CA, April 22-25, 2015. Chair: David A. Ehrmann. Presenters: Eve Van Cauter, Jessica A. Mong, Fiona C. Baker, and David Garbe.

Blog Posts


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