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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Evaluation of day time sleepiness using Epworth sleepiness score among medical students

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Author Details: Veena C N, Tejaswi Meghana, B C Vastrad, Nandan T M

Volume : 5

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 422

Article End Page : 424


Introduction: Physiologic and cognitive function in humans vary considerably with the circadian rhythm, which also regulates the sleep cycle. Sleep is an active, repetitive and reversible behavior serving several different physiological functions. Medical students are a unique group of young adults whose academic commitments and lifestyle can have an impact on their sleep habits.
Objectives: To evaluate day time sleepiness using Epworth sleepiness score among medical students.
Materials and Methods: The study population consisted of 130 first year MBBS students selected randomly based on their consent. Data was collected with the help of Epworth sleepiness scale.
Results and Conclusion: The present study demonstrated the presence of excessive day time sleepiness among 45% of the students. Since a strong relationship is evident between good sleep quality and high academic performance, measures to improve the sleep quality among medical students need to be focused.

Keywords: Sleep deprivation, Day time sleepiness, Epworth sleepiness score, Medical students.

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