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Sleep Apnea - Self-Tests

The following questions will help you assess your risk for sleep apnea:

1. Do you experience any of these problems?

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia

2. Do you ever wake from sleep with a choking sound or gasping for breath?

3. Has your bed partner noticed that you snore or stop breathing while you sleep?

4. Do you have any of these other symptoms?

  • Nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom)
  • Morning headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory loss
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Irritability

5. Do you have any of these physical features?

  • Obesity - body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher
  • Large neck size - 17 inches or more for men, 16 inches or more for women
  • Enlarged tongue or tonsils
  • Recessed jaw
  • Nasal polyps or deviated septum

6. Do you have any of these other medical problems that are common in people with sleep apnea?

  • High blood pressure
  • Mood disorders
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Type 2 diabetes

Self-assessment tool: Are you at-risk for obstructive sleep apnea? 

This resource helps you identify the common symptoms of sleep apnea. It also helps you understand your risk factors for this chronic disease. Download, print and complete this self-assessment tool to discuss your sleep apnea risk with your health care provider.

Updated June 22, 2016

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