Estimation of Day Time Sleepiness Using Epworth Sleepiness Score among Medical Students

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Estimation of Day Time Sleepiness Using Epworth Sleepiness Score among Medical Students

September 10, 2021 Medicine and Medical Research 0

The circadian rhythm, which also controls the sleep cycle, has a significant impact on human physiology and cognition. Sleep is a reversible, active, and repeating behaviour that serves a variety of physiological needs. Medical students are a distinct group of young people whose scholastic responsibilities and lifestyle can affect their sleeping patterns. The constant academic demand and lifestyle choices among them may be the cause of inconsistent sleep/wake patterns and poor sleep quality. Sleepiness can be an obvious symptom of sleep deprivation, and studies imply a link between insufficient sleep at night and daytime naps, with the intensity of the relationship being quantifiable.

The purpose of this study was to assess daytime drowsiness in medical students using the Epworth sleepiness score.

The study population consisted of 130 first-year MBBS students who were chosen at random based on their agreement. The Epworth drowsiness scale was used to collect data.

Results and Conclusions: Excessive daytime sleepiness was found in 45 percent of the students in this study, which is concerning because the number of participants with daytime sleepiness has increased dramatically when compared to earlier studies. Because there is a strong link between good sleep quality and great academic achievement, medical students should take steps to improve their sleep quality.

Author (S) Details

C. N. Veena
Department of Physiology, Dr Chandramma Dayananda Sagar Institute of Medical Education and Research, Harohalli, Karnataka, India.

Tejaswi Meghana
PES Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, india.

C. Vastrad
Department of Physiology, PES Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

M. Nandan
Department of Microbiology, Sambhram Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, K.G.F, Karnataka, India.

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