Acta Scientific Women's Health (ASWH)(ISSN: 2582-3205)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 2

Analysis of Excessive Day Time Sleepiness in Adolescent Girls Pursuing Professional Courses

Ravi Sunder R1 and Neelima P2*

1Professor and HOD, Physiology, GIMSR, GITAM Deemed to be University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India
2Professor and HOD, Anatomy, NRIIMS, Dr. NTRUHS, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

*Corresponding Author: Neelima P, Professor and HOD, Anatomy, NRIIMS, Dr. NTRUHS, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Received: November 24, 2021; Published: January 21, 2022


Excessive daytime sleepiness may range from drowsiness to uncontrollable diurnal sleep attacks called narcolepsy. Though many causes can be attributed to day time sleepiness, most common physiological reason could be late night interrupted sleep. With the advent of smartphones and gaming hobbies adolescents become the vulnerable age group to be victimized for the day time sleepiness. Literature is scanty on the assessment of sleepiness score from north coastal Andhra Pradesh. This study has been done to evaluate the sleepiness in medical and dental girl students from north coastal Andhra Pradesh. Epworth sleepiness score has been used as a tool to assess the person’s average sleep propensity. It consists of eight questions and the score is interpreted basing on the individual’s response. The aim of study has been explained to the participants. After taking informed consent,164 girl students from 1st year medical and dental courses with age between 17-20 years, participated in the study. Identity was kept anonymous and the score calculated. 2 girls got a maximum score of 19 which was interpreted as severe excessive daytime sleepiness using Epworth Sleepiness Score. The minimum score obtained from the study was 2 points given by 2 girls. This is named as lower normal daytime sleepiness. The study group was addressed after analyzing the results. Most of the students admitted that they sleep late in the night and the main culprit disturbing their sleep was the smartphone. They were advised to follow healthy sleep patterns for a wholesome healthy life and also to retain memory and increase attention span to achieve academic excellence. The present study reflects the average sleep propensity of the adolescent girl students of north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Keywords:Sleepiness Score; Daytime Sleepiness; Adolescent Girl Students; Medical; Dental Students


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Citation: Ravi Sunder R and Neelima P. “Analysis of Excessive Day Time Sleepiness in Adolescent Girls Pursuing Professional Courses". Acta Scientific Women's Health 4.2 (2022): 16-18.


Copyright: © 2022 Ravi Sunder R and Neelima P. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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