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Sleep Disorders

23 June 2011

Sleep disorders common in PCOS girls

Adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndromeare at considerably heightened risk for sleep-disordered breathing and excessive daytime sleepiness, researchers have found.

Adolescent girls with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) are at considerably heightened risk for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), researchers have found.

The research team administered two standardised questionnaires to 103 young girls with PCOS and 90 controls, all ages 13-18, and also reviewed anthropometric and metabolic data on each subject. The controls were matched to patients by age, ethnicity, and body mass index (BMI) z score.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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