Sleep Med Psychophysiol.  2009 Dec;16(2):56-60.

The Sleepy Child

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. leen54@chol.com
  • 2Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Korea University Anam Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

Excessive daytime sleepiness in childhood might be abnormal phenomenon and often related to the sleep disorders or insufficient sleep duration. The most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness would be insufficient sleep. However, narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, circadian rhythm sleep disorders, medication, medical illness and other sleep disorders that could cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep also result in excessive daytime sleepiness. The misdiagnosed and untreated excessive daytime sleepiness in childhood can lead to serious developmental and educational problem.

Keyword

Child; Excessive daytime sleepiness; Sleep disorder
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