Although diagnostic and polysomnographic signs of patients with UARS differ from patients with OSA, the clinical features between these two sleep disorders overlap. Differential clinical features are given in Table 2. Recently, it has been suggested that patients with UARS may present a link to functional somatic syndromes (52) and therefore differ from patients with OSA. However, this study included only 75 patients with 25 patients in each group (UARS with AHI < 10/hour, mild-to-moderate OSA and severe OSA). Among those functional somatic disorders, UARS patients presented significantly more often with headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, sleep-onset insomnia, and alpha-delta sleep. Also, the proportion of women in the UARS group was significantly higher than in the other two groups (52).
With respect to insomnia, data from Guilleminault et al. (53) show that sleep-onset insomnia as well as sleep maintenance insomnia are frequent complaints. The occurrence of insomniac problems being more frequent in UARS than OSA is also consistent with our own data. While sleep-maintenance problems are more frequent than sleep-onset problems, 25% of patients with UARS complain of sleep-onset insomnia, compared to 15% in OSA patients. As to sleep-maintenance insomnia 46% of patients with UARS as opposed to 43% of patients with OSA complain of this symptom (49).
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