Tired of your partner’s annoying loud weird snore? Plus, your partner also wakes up from sleep gasping for air. Maybe, your partner has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein you experience pauses in your breathing along with choking or gasping sounds during your sleep. Daytime tiredness and mood changes or irritability may also be present.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 25 percent of men and 10 percent of women suffer from OSA (central sleep apnea is much less common). Risks increase for people over 50 and those who are overweight, but the condition can affect people of any age, including children.
There are two types of sleep apnea namely obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a more common form of this condition wherein the muscles at the back of your throat relaxes causing a blockage in your airway. In Central sleep apnea, the brain fails to properly control breathing during sleep. Sleep apnea can be life-threatening. If you suspect sleep apnea, please visit a sleep specialist.
Take the Sleep Quiz – STOP BANG Questionnaire (Chung F et al Anesthesiology 2008 and BJA 2012)
Answer the questions below to assess if you are at risk of sleep apnea.
If you answered yes to 3 or more questions, we recommend contacting your primary care provider or see a Sleep Specialist for evaluation.
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