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Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Do You Snore? If snoring is absent, sleep apnea is unlikely. However, the presence of snoring alone is not a strong indicator of sleep apnea. If snoring is present, please review the questions listed in the chart below.
  • Has someone ever observed you to stop breathing during sleep? A “yes” may be a sign of sleep apnea.
  • Measure your neck. If your neck is greater than 16.5 – 17 inches (male) or 15.5 inches (female) in a chronic snorer, this may suggest sleep apnea, regardless of other signs or symptoms.
  • Are you sleepy during the day? Sleepiness is often difficult to assess, and you should review the Epworth Sleepiness Scale below. If the score is greater than 10 or 11, a sleep evaluation might be right for you.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation: