What is included in the physical exam to evaluate sleep dysfunction in women?

Updated: Jan 31, 2019
  • Author: Gila Hertz, PhD, ABSM; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The examination of the woman presenting with sleep problems addresses 2 major issues: psychological and physiologic findings. General appearance and affect can be assessed early and during the examination. Chronic illness or chronic pain often is evinced in the general appearance and movement of a patient.

The examination focuses on addressing any major medical illness that may be associated with sleep symptomatology, as well as on risk factors that direct toward evaluation of sleep-related disorders, such as narcolepsy and OSA. Many patients with circadian rhythm disorders and insomnia may have normal physical examination findings.


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