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Sleep disturbances in women with and without polycystic ovary syndrome and their association with lifestyle factors (diet, physical activity and sitting time).


Polycystic ovary syndrome is a condition affecting up to 1 in 5 reproductive-aged women associated with reproductive, metabolic and psychological complications. There is emerging evidence that women with PCOS may experience sleep disturbances. However, this is generally studied with regards to clinical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea and there is limited research examining more subtle sleep disturbances in women with and without PCOS. There is also emerging evidence that sleep disturbances can affect lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity which could have adverse impacts on obesity and related conditions. However, the relationship between PCOS, sleep and lifestyle factors is unknown.