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Presenting complaints

  • Prolonged overnight sleep.
  • Falling asleep during the day.
  • Feeling constantly tired, exhausted or fatigued.
  • Poor memory and concentration.
  • Irritability or depression.
  • Automatic behaviour in a sleepy state.
  • Periods of sleepiness alternating with normal periods.

Excessive daytime sleepiness is associated with:

  • Poor occupational or school performance
  • Increased accident rate (including road traffic accidents)
  • Impaired marital relationships and social activities
  • Misdiagnosis as laziness, depression, intellectual decline.

Last edited: 27/10/2003

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