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Ask Nurse Lynn: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness in School


Any tips or tricks to help when our little ones get tired throughout the school day, besides a nap? Not all schools will allow for a student to take a nap during the regular school day.

Nurse Lynn’s Response:

Hello, and thank you for your question. So many of our children display excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS). Sleep issues are complicated for our folks; remember that the hypothalamus significantly regulates our sleep-wake cycles. First off, I would incorporate rest times or breaks into the IEP. Having your child be the teacher’s helper can help to keep them engaged and getting up out of their seat can be beneficial. The more the teachers understand the medical reason for the sleepiness, the more helpful it is. Hopefully, they can work with you to provide rest times and keep them engaged so learning time is maximized. I have included links to a health concern sheet to give the school so that they understand and can support your child, along with a link to our school success toolkit. This is helpful for IEP development and communicating with the schools. If you need help advocating for your child, call us; we are happy to help.

Additional Resources:

Health Concerns and the Student w/ Prader-Willi Syndrome (

School Success – Prader-Willi Syndrome Association | USA (

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