School Absences & Fatigue
What you need to know
- Excessive absences are not the norm, but may occur depending upon the individual's medical issues.
- Sleep abnormalities are common in individuals with PWS.
- These sleep abnormalities include: reduced REM (rapid eye movement), altered sleep architecture, oxygen desaturation and both central and obstruction apnea.
- Many students with PWS have daytime sleepiness.
- This may be the result of altered breathing patterns in the hypothalamus, poor muscle tone, and weak chest muscles. Upper airway obstruction may also contribute to sleep abnormalities.
- If people with PWS snore, sleep walk, or have persistent morning headaches, they should be evaluated for sleep apnea.
- Lack of sufficient sleep can lead to behavior issues and temper tantrums.
What you can do
- Focus on improving nighttime sleep.
- Schedule daytime naps or afternoon rests if needed.
- Some children respond to a change in scenery, i.e. taking a walk.