Diagnosing sleep apnea can be complicated when precise results are required. A sleep scientist and sleep physician is required to create the final diagnosis. However, to get you started, here is a common questionnaire that can help you to understand if you have signs of sleep apnea (OSA).
When consulting with the doctor, all of these questions will be addressed. Take the test (STOP-Bang Questionnaire) to get better informed:
Please answer the following questions to determine if you might be at risk of OSA:
- (S)Do you snore loudly to the point of disturbing your partner or those around you?
- (T)Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime (untimely drowsiness while conducting everyday activities)?
- (O)Has anyone observed you stop breathing or choking/gasping during your sleep?
- (P)Are you diagnosed with or are being treated for High Blood Pressure?
- Is your Body Mass Index exceeding 35 kg/m²
Calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index) by simple division(weight/height)
Or visit this link for a BMI calculator https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/your-heart/know-your-risks/healthy-weight/bmi-calculator
- Is your age greater than 50?
- Do you have a larger neck?
For male, shirt collar 43 cm or larger?
For female, shirt collar 41 cm or larger?
The following is a results key that can give you a general idea of your current situation:
- Low Risk OSA– You answered “yes” to 0-2 questions
- Intermediate Risk OSA– Yes to 3-4 questions
- High Risk OSA– Yes to 5-8 Questions