Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that influence endogenous hormones. Few studies have examined the link between phthalates and menopause. A recent secondary analysis revealed that phthalates were associated with self-reported sleep measures in perimenopausal women. However, the associations between phthalate exposure and additional measures of sleep remain unknown. We recruited a population of 27 midlife women (aged 45–54) to study the relationship between phthalate exposure and both subjective and objective measures of sleep. Preliminary results indicate that women with higher phthalate exposure have reduced sleep quality, more frequent sleep disruptions, and more restless sleep compared to women with lower exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)62-65
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals
  • Menopause
  • Phthalates
  • Sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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