Amaç: Obstrüktif Uyku Apne Sendromu(OUAS), öğrenme güçlüğü, dikkat eksikliği ve unutkanlık gibi nörokognitif bo- zukluklara yol açarak, akademik performansı olumsuz etkile- yebilmektedir. Bu çalışmada, farklı akademik başarı seviye- sindeki öğrencilerin uykuda solunum bozukluğu düşündüren semptomlar açısından karşılaştırılması amaçlandı. Yöntemler: Üniversite giriş sınavında aynı puan türüyle girilen bölümlerinden, giriş puanı en yüksek(Grup 1) ve en düşük(Grup 2) olan bölümlerin birinci sınıf öğrencilerine yüz yüze görüşülerek anket dolduruldu ve demografik özellik- leri, sigara kullanımı, araç kullanımı, trafik kazası sayısı ile Epworth Uykululuk Ölçeği(EUÖ) ve OUAS riskini belirleyen Berlin Anketi sorgulanarak skorlandı. İki grubun bulguları kar- şılaştırıldı. Bulgular: Grup 1de 136, Grup 2de 116 olmak üzere top- lam 252 öğrenci çalışmaya dahil edildi. Öğrencilerin yaş or- talamaları, cinsiyet dağılımı, tartı, boy ve beden kitle indeksi değerleri arasında fark saptanmadı. Grup 2deki öğrencilerin sigara kullanma oranı (%25,3) Grup 1e (%18,2) göre fazlay- dı (p
Objective: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) ad- versely affects school performance by causing learning dif- ficulties, attention deficit, and forgetfulness. Aim of this study is to compare two student groups with different school suc- cess levels by symptoms related with OSAS. Methods: First class students from a faculty of our univer- sity with relatively higher university entrance examination scores (Group 1) and the ones from another faculty with low- er scores (Group 2) were included in study. A questionnaire was applied. Demographic features, information related with smoking, driving, and previous traffic accidents were record- ed. Additionally, Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Berlin Ques- tionnaire used in OSAS screening were scored. Findings of two groups were compared. Results: 252 students were included. Group 1 and 2 con- sisted of 136 and 116 students, respectively. No difference was determined by age, sex, weight, and height. Significantly higher prevalence of snoring (87.1% vs.27.2%), sleep apnea (10.3% vs.5.1%), daytime sleepiness (25.8% vs.13.2%), and frequency of smoking (25.3% vs.18.2%) were determined in Group 2 than in Group 1 (p<0.001, p=0.021, p=0.002,and p<0.001,respectively). Group 2 also had higher Epworth Sleepiness Scales (5.3±3.5 vs.1.8±3.6,p=0.006) and higher prevalence of OSAS risk (45.7% vs.31.6%,p<0.001). Within Group 2, frequencies of snoring and sleep apnea were high- er in smokers than in non-smokers [(97.8% vs.20%,p<0.001) and (68.9% vs.6.7%,p=0.047),respectively]. Conclusions: The prevalence of smoking and symptoms related with OSAS were found higher in students with lower school performance. Given that one of the factors affecting school success in young adults is sleep breathing disorders including OSAS, more comprehensive studies in this field are warranted.
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