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How to know if You have Sleep Apnea?

How to know if You have Sleep Apnea?

Some Sleep Apnea Statistics:

  • 12 million people in North America suffer from sleep apena
  • Two times more men suffer from sleep apnea than women. About 2% of middle-aged women and 4% of middle-aged men suffer from sleep apnea.
  • In women, the most frequent factor is menopause
  • When a member of your close family suffers from sleep apnea, the risk of also developing the condition increases
  • 50% of patients treated for sleep apnea are overweight or obese
  • Sleep apnea is more common in people who have a short, wide neck

Most people with Sleep Apnea are not aware of it. It is therefore essential to get screened even if you’re asymptomatic, but show signs characteristic of sleep apnea.

How does this sleep disorder work?

There are different types of sleep apnea, the most common of which is the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSA or OSAS) .

This type of apnea is defined by the presence of frequent episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway during sleep. It causes breathing interruptions (apnea) or significant reductions of breathing (hypopnea) and is associated with symptoms such as excessive daytime sleepiness, headaches and memory loss.

Any airway restriction, whether nasal, oral or of the throat can contribute to sleep apnea.

Are you experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea?

The most common symptom is daytime sleepiness.

This can manifest as:

  • Difficulty to focus
  • Memory loss / disorder
  • Irritability

The other main symptoms are:

  • Snoring
  • Morning Headaches
  • If your partner notes sleep apnea during your sleep

A quick and easy way to know if you are at risk for sleep apnea:

The Epworth test is commonly used to screen for sleep apnea.
This questionnaire only takes a few minutes and measures your level of daytime sleepiness.
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What if your Epworth test is positive?

If you have been identified as having an abnormally high drowsiness level, it is recommended that you consult a sleep specialist to undergo further screening for sleep apnea.
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