HOW MUCH SLEEP
Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. People who are well rested feel alert and do not have the urge to nap.
WHAT CAUSES SLEEP DEPRIVATION?
WHAT SLEEP DISORDERS CAUSE EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS?
Nocturnal myoclonus: Jerking of legs during sleep which causes brief awakenings. This causes insomnia and daytime sleepiness.
Narcolepsy: A relatively rare sleep disorder of dream sleep. The main symptom is uncontrollable sleepiness during the day.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION?
If this becomes a chronic problem, sleep deprivation can cause difficulties with social relationships because of irritability; as well as some significant medical problems.
WHEN ARE ACCIDENTS RELATED TO SLEEP DEPRIVATION MOST LIKELY TO HAPPEN?
WHAT OTHER PROBLEMS CAUSE EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS?
HOW CAN THESE ACCIDENTS BE AVOIDED?
EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE
|Situation||Chance of Dozing|
|Sitting and Reading||
|Sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. theatre)||
|As a car passenger for an hour without a break||
|Lying down to rest in the afternoon||
|Sitting and talking to someone||
|Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol||
|In a car, while stopping for a few minutes in traffic||
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