Paroxysmal Awakenings from Sleep - A Model of Sleep Fragmentation Causing Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

  • R. Peled
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Excessive daytime sleepiness and hypersomnia are common complaints. In most cases, daytime hypersomnia is the result of disrupted nighttime sleep. For example, in the sleep apnea syndrome, disturbed breathing disrupts sleep by many arousals and awakenings, causing severe sleep fragmentation (Fig. 1). The same is true for periodic leg movements in sleep (nocturnal myoclonus) where arousals follow the abnormal movements in the lower extremities.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Sleep Disorder Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Sleep Fragmentation Paroxysmal Discharge 
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