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