Pickwickian Syndrome (Burwell et al., 1956; Gastaut, Tassinari and Duron, 1965), Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (Guilleminault, Eldrige, and Dement, 1976), and the Sleep Hypopnea Syndrome (Gould et al., 1988) are well known and described breathing disorders during sleep. Often these sleep disorders are associated with clinical features of hypersomnia. These syndromes share diagnostic markers allowing identification by procedures used in the assessment of breathing disorders during sleep. This assessment is based on polysomnographic findings using direct or indirect monitoring of respiratory activity and states of alertness.
KeywordsContinuous Positive Airway Pressure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Daytime Sleepiness Epworth Sleepiness Scale
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