This symptoms of sleep apnea questionnaire is design to also be a check list to help you and/or your loved ones quickly identify signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea effects that can dangerously affect sufferers of their health, energy and longevity.
If you recognize any of these symptoms, you're encouraged to:
• print off this symptom check list
• highlight, check mark or circle any of the sleep apnea symptoms you're experiencing
• make an immediate appointment with your medical doctor and be sure to take this list with you when you go.
My purpose in writing this page is to provide you with an overview of the many sleep apnea signs and symptoms discussed in my Information on Sleep Apnea, Part 1 introductory article.
Using this checklist will enable you and your doctor to quickly focus on the specific effects of sleep apnea you're experiencing and determine if a sleep study is required.
You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain: Improved health. vitality and longevity.
Sleep apnea symptoms are insidious and can be under the guise of physical, psychological and medical signs.
See what the American Sleep Apnea Association says in the following video. After the video, continue checking below for more symptoms you may be experiencing.
• Are you overweight?
• Do you snore or have you been told you snore?
• Is your neck measurement 17" (430 mm) or more in men; 16" (410 mm) or more in women?
• Are you a mouth breather?
• Are you middle aged (40+)?
• Are you post menopausal [women]?
• Do you experience constantly moving while sleeping (restlessness, etc.)?
Do you have any of these facial characteristics?
• narrow upper or lower jaw
• receding chin
• enlarged tongue (macroglossia)
• crowded or missing teeth
• low muscle tone, e.g., soft palate tissue
• upper airway abnormalities, such as enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or narrow airway
• deviated septum
Do you wake in the morning with a:
• sore throat
• dry mouth
Do you notice?
• daytime sleepiness, lethargy
• impaired alertness
• memory loss, forgetfulness
• slower reaction time
• poor job performance
• difficulties with focusing
• decreased attention span
• learning difficulties
• slower processing information
• increased mistakes
• increased accidents (home, workplace or motor vehicle)
• increased anxiety
• less motivation
• lackluster attitude
• Drink alcohol (especially 3-4 hours before bedtime (includes beer and wine)
• Use muscle relaxants
Have you been diagnosed or suffer from:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Heart Disease (angina, nocturnal cardiac arrhythmias, myocardial infarction, etc.)
• Congestive heart failure
• Obesity (BMI >30)
• Allergies (hay fever, etc.)
• Stuffy nose (deviated septum, polyps, etc.)
• Reflux/GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
• Liver impairment (i.e., fatty liver diseases)
• PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) [women]
• ED (Erectile Dysfunction) [men]
• Decreased interest in sex
• CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
• ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), learning disabilities, behavioral or metabolic problems
• Vision problems
• Brain dysfunction: Alzheimer's, dementia, brain injury
• Preeclampsia [pregnant women/high blood pressure]
• Sudden Hearing Loss (Sensorineural)
• Family history of sleep apnea
• Frequent nightmares
Do you take medications, for example:
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Sleep (Insomnia)
• Have you had a recent accident -- office, home or car?
• Is your sleep interrupted with trips to the toilet?
• Are you of African, Pacific Islander, Hispanic ethnicity?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this further reinforces why you need to get checked immediately by your doctor. Make that appointment today!
See my companion article: Symptoms of Sleep Apnea, A Serious Disorder Known by Few
Or, go back to the sleep apnea basics: