Which clinical history findings are characteristic of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Adolescents and adults with obstructive sleep apnea frequently report feeling sleepy during the day and may fall asleep at inappropriate times. They have difficulty staying awake in quiet situations and can have problems focusing their attention. Ask children whether they struggle to stay awake in class or while watching television, reading, or sitting in a car. Daytime somnolence may lead to falling grades, mood changes, and inattentiveness. Prepubertal children who are obese are more likely to have EDS compared with their nonobese counterparts at any given level of obstructive sleep apnea severity. [7]


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