What is insufficient sleep syndrome?

Updated: Oct 09, 2018
  • Author: Sufen Chiu, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Insufficient sleep syndrome

Insufficient sleep syndrome is a condition of chronic sleep deprivation without an underlying disease process. Youths with this syndrome may experience an increased need for sleep during puberty and adolescence.

Insufficient sleep syndrome may represent a poor compensatory ability for sleep loss and includes failure to adequately synchronize sleep-wake behaviors and adapt to environmental demands, such as school. Patients with this syndrome attempt to decrease sleep debt incurred during the week by sleeping later on the weekends.

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