One of the hallmark findings of an underlying sleep disturbance is increasing daytime lethargy. Patients often state that they feel more and more tired throughout the day. This can result from inefficient sleep patterns consistent with obstructive sleep apnea. The most commonly used tool to characterize a patient’s level of daytime lethargy is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale.
Proper ENT examination can not only characterize a patient’s level of daytime lethargy, but also reveal airway obstructions contributing to difficult breathing during sleep. These can be addressed by both medical and surgical means, improving a patient’s sleep quality.
If you feel you have symptoms similar to those discussed above, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.