Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea


If you have experienced several of the symptoms below, you may have sleep apnea.


•  Unrefreshing sleep
•  Restless sleep
•  Snoring
•  EDS
•  Witnessed apneas
•  Fragmented sleep
•  Difficulty concentrating
•  Poor memory
•  Personality change
•  Decreased sex drive
•  Morning headaches
•  Recent, unexplained weight gain
•  Daytime dozing

There are several predisposing factors for Sleep Apnea including:


•  Middle age
•  Being overweight and obese
•  Male gender
•  Ethnicity (Black and Latino tend toward symptoms)
•  Reduced airway dimensions
•  Smoker
•  Excessive alcohol use
•  Sedative/hypnotic drug use
•  Hypothyroid
•  Supine sleeper

Fill out the questionnaire below to determine your sleepiness scale:

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing

Sitting and reading _____

Watching TV _____

Sitting, inactive in a public place (theatre, meeting) _____

As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break _____

Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit _____

Sitting and talking to someone _____

Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol _____

In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic _____

Total ( 0 – 24) ________

Interpreting the Epworth Sleepiness Scale


0 ‐ 7: It is unlikely that you are abnormally sleepy.

8 ‐ 9: You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness.

10 ‐ 15: You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to consider seeking medical attention.

16 ‐ 24: You are excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention.

Additional Resources

Sleepiness Questionnaire
Sleepiness Scale Interpretation
Downloadable Signs & Symptoms
Downloadable Predisposing Factors for OSA




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