Sleep and women


Tuesday 5 February 2019


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
Organised by

Sleep Medicine Section


CPD - Applied for

Event Image

about this event

Sleep is a complex process which evolves across the lifespan and is essential for good physical and mental health. This complexity is compounded in women whose sleep is affected by menarche, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and the menopause.

Not only is normal sleep different in women and men, but the frequency and nature of sleep disorders differ as well. The more complex physiology, child-bearing responsibilities, social roles and expectations of women mean that sleep disorders may impact on women’s health and wellbeing in complicated ways and any treatment of their sleep disorders would need to account for this. 

topics covered

    • How sleep in women differs from men and how it develops across the lifespan.
    • The reciprocal interaction between sleep disorders and female physiology.
    • The impact of social factors, particularly the growth of shift work and the 24 hour society and why this may present unique challenges and risks for women. 

Guest speakers

These speakers are leaders in their fields. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet and network them.

Mariana G. Figuero Ph.D.

Director of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Helen Driver

Manager of the 6-bed sleep disorders laboratory and the EEG and EMG Departments at Kingston General Hospital and Queen’s University.  


9.00 am

Welcome and introduction

9.15 am

Sleep across the lifespan and the gender divide

Dr Helen Driver, Department of Medicine Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital, Canada

10.00 am

Sleep and fertility

Dr Sara McNeillis, Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

10.30 am

Treating sleep disorders in pregnancy

Dr Sofia Eriksson, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

11.30 am

Sleep in mothers - the first year and beyond

Dr Hugh Selsick, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

12.00 pm

Social and psychological aspects of women's sleep

Dr Laura Madeley, Guy's Hospital

12.30 pm

Panel discussion

12.50 pm


1.40 pm

Sleep disorders and the menstrual cycle

Dr Helen Driver, Department of Medicine Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital, Canada

2.10 pm

Light, circadian rhythm and cancer

Professor Mariana Figuero, Light Research Centre, New York

3.00 pm

Tea and coffee break

3.25 pm

Sleep and the menopause

To be confirmed

3.55 pm

Panel discussion

4.45 pm


register now for this event

register for this event

  • Book early to avoid disappointment


View rates for all membership types:

View rates

organiser's details

For information on this event, contact Customer ServiceTel: 02072903940 Email: arrow