Sleep Disorders and LGBTQ People

Sleep disorders are medical disorders of the sleep patterns of a person. Individuals with such disorders often present with sleep-wake complaints of dissatisfaction regarding the quality, timing, and amount of sleep. Ideally, healthy sleep would be continuous and uninterrupted, leaving individuals feeling refreshed on awakening and able to work productively throughout the rest of the day. However, many environmental and biological factors are able to disrupt these normal patterns, allowing specific groups of people to be more vulnerable to certain kinds of sleep disorders. This entry thus examines how combinations of such factors may lead to certain sleep disorders being more prevalent and severe in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people.

Demographic Variations in Sleep

Regarding healthy sleep, it is generally demonstrated that women ...

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