How are other causes of excessive daytime sleepiness differentiated from childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Daytime somnolence may be due to numerous factors in addition to obstructive sleep apnea. Many children and teenagers have poor sleep habits, irregular sleep schedules, and unrealistic views regarding how much sleep they need. Often, having families keep a sleep diary for 2 weeks to document bedtimes, rise times, and naps can be very informative to both the physician and the family.


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