Managing Excessive Daytime Sleepiness




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Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) negatively affects patients’ safety and quality of life. Clinicians can assess EDS using a thorough clinical interview, patient-report scales, informant reports, and objective tests. Patients should be encouraged to develop good sleep hygiene and avoid insufficient sleep time. Clinicians must recognize conditions that may be causing EDS, such as sleep disorders, medical or neurologic conditions, or psychiatric disorders. Behavioral and pharmacologic strategies are available to help clinicians treat both EDS and associated conditions.

From the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Center, Detroit, Michigan (Dr Roth) and NeuroTrials Research and the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology, Georgia (Dr Rosenberg).

J Clin Psychiatry 2015;76(11):1518–1521