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Approach To A Patient With Sleep Disorder : How To Remember Easily ?

  • S – Seek help from a physician due to sleepiness or tiredness during the day.
  • L – Look for difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep at night (insomnia).
  • E – Examine unusual behaviors during sleep itself (parasomnias).
  • E – Essential to obtain a careful history, considering duration, severity, and consistency of symptoms.
  • P – Patient’s estimate of the consequences of the sleep disorder on waking function is important.
  • I – Information from bed partner or family member can be helpful in assessing symptoms.
  • N – Note the patient’s bedtime, sleep onset, wake-up time, awakenings during sleep, and morning restfulness.
  • E – Evaluate if the patient naps during the day.
  • S – Screen for snoring, witnessed apneas, restless sensations in the legs, movements during sleep, depression, anxiety, and behaviors around sleep.
  • S – Seizures may occur exclusively during sleep, mimicking a primary sleep disorder, particularly in NREM sleep.


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