There are many differences between women and men when it comes to the way they sleep. A closer look at women’s sleep can help with diagnoses, finding treatment, and overall understanding of sleep disorders, The Huffington Post reports.

Several major gaps continue to exist in sleep research for women. This is in part due to the early work focused on sleep apnea, which primarily affects men. In addition, lack of awareness of sex differences in sleep research has contributed to this knowledge gap.

The Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) is committed to improving women’s health through research, advocacy and education. SWHR conducted a roundtable discussion with nationally renowned sleep experts in October 2013 in Washington, D.C. The discussions at the meeting showed us much more needs to be known about women’s sleep health.