Evaluation of the Sleepy Patient. Differential Diagnosis

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Excessive daytime sleepiness is defined as the inability to maintain wakefulness during waking hours, resulting in unintended lapses into sleep. It is important to distinguish sleepiness from fatigue. The evaluation of a sleep patient begins with a careful clinical assessment that includes a detailed sleep history, medical and psychiatric history, a review of medications, as well as a social and family history. Physical examination should include a general medical examination with careful attention to the upper airway and the neurological examination. Appropriate objective testing with a polysomnogram and a multiple sleep latency test if needed will help confirm the diagnosis and direct the appropriate treatment plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
StateAccepted/In press - 2017


  • Evaluation
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Hypersomnolence
  • Sleep disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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