Brazilian Journal of Pulmonology

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Diagnosis of circadian rhythm sleep disorders

Diagnóstico dos transtornos do sono relacionados ao ritmo circadiano

Denis Martinez, Maria do Carmo Sfreddo Lenz, Luiz Menna-Barreto

J Bras Pneumol.2008;34(3):173-180

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Insomnia and excessive sleepiness are common in the investigation of sleep-disordered breathing. Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are perhaps the most often overlooked conditions in the differential diagnosis of these symptoms. Circadian rhythm sleep disorders manifest as misalignment between the sleep period and the physical/social 24-h environmental cycle. The two most prevalent circadian rhythm sleep disorders are delayed sleep phase (common in adolescents) and advanced sleep phase (common in the elderly), situations in which the sleep period is displaced to a later or earlier time, respectively. It is important to keep these two disorders in mind, since they can be confused with insomnia and excessive sleepiness. However, there are nine possible diagnoses, and all nine are of clinical interest. Since light is the principal cue used in synchronizing the biological clock, blind individuals and night-shift/swing-shift workers are more prone to develop circadian rhythm sleep disorders. In this article, the new international classification of circadian rhythm sleep disorders is reviewed.

 


Keywords: Circadian rhythm; Sleep disorders; Sleep initiation and maintenance disorders; Sleep stages; Sleep apnea syndromes.

 


Dimensions of sleepiness and their correlations with sleep-disordered breathing in mild sleep apnea

Dimensões da sonolência e suas correlações com os transtornos respiratórios do sono na apneia do sono leve

Denis Martinez, Magali Santos Lumertz, Maria do Carmo Sfreddo Lenz

J Bras Pneumol.2009;35(6):507-514

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Objective: There are many ways of assessing sleepiness, which has many dimensions. In patients presenting a borderline apnea-hypopnea index (AHI, expressed as events/hour of sleep), the mechanisms of excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) remain only partially understood. In the initial stages of sleep-disordered breathing, the AHI might be related to as-yet-unexplored EDS dimensions. Methods: We reviewed the polysomnography results of 331 patients (52% males). The mean age was 40 ± 13 years, and the mean AHI was 4 ± 2 (range, 0-9). We assessed ten potential dimensions of sleepiness based on polysomnography results and medical histories. Results: The AHI in non-rapid eye movement (NREM) stage 1 sleep (AHI-N1), in NREM stage 2 sleep (AHI-N2), and in REM sleep (AHI-REM) were, respectively, 6 ± 7, 3 ± 3 and 10 ± 4. The AHI-N2 correlated significantly with the greatest number of EDS dimensions (5/10), including the Epworth sleepiness scale score (r = 0.216, p < 0.001). Factor analysis, using Cronbach's alpha, reduced the variables to three relevant factors: QUESTIONNAIRE (α = 0.7); POLYSOMNOGRAPHY (α = 0.68); and COMPLAINTS (α = 0.55). We used these factors as dependent variables in a stepwise multiple regression analysis, adjusting for age, gender, and body mass index. The AHI-N1 correlated significantly with POLYSOMNOGRAPHY (β = −0.173, p = 0.003), and the AHI-N2 correlated significantly with COMPLAINTS (β = −0.152, p = 0.017). The AHI-REM did not correlate with any factor. Conclusions: Our results underscore the multidimensionality of EDS in mild sleep apnea.

 


Keywords: Disorders of excessive somnolence; Sleep apnea syndromes; Sleep, REM; Polysomnography.

 


 

 


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