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Here is a quick mnemonic “DAYTIME SLEEP to remember about Insufficient Sleep

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Insufficient Sleep : How To Remember Easily ?

  • D: Daytime sleepiness is often caused by insufficient sleep.
  • A: Average U.S. adults get only 6.75 hours of sleep on weeknights.
  • Y: You should aim for 7.5-8 hours of sleep as an adult.
  • T: Teenagers need at least 9 hours of sleep.
  • I: Insufficient sleep is common among shift workers and individuals with multiple jobs.
  • M: Many people fail to get enough sleep due to circadian phase delay and social pressures.
  • E: Evening light exposure, television viewing, and smartphone use delay bedtimes.
  • S: Sleep deprivation can lead to inattentiveness, irritability, and difficulty with work or school.
  • L: Logging your sleep patterns can provide helpful feedback for diagnosis.
  • E: Extending sleep to the optimal amount can resolve daytime sleepiness and other symptoms.
  • E: Ensuring sufficient sleep requires commitment and lifestyle adjustments.
  • P: Prioritizing sleep improves daytime alertness and overall well-being.


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