Self Screening Questions for Sleep Apnea

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions below you may be have sleep apnea:

1. Do you experience any of these problems?

  • Unintentionally falling asleep during the day
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Do not feel refreshed upon waking up
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth or sore throat upon waking up
  • Frequent nighttime urination

2. Do you ever wake from sleep with a choking sound or gasping for breath?

3. Has your bed partner noticed that you snore, gasp or stop breathing while you sleep?

Other questions you can ask yourself to determine if you are at higher risk for sleep apnea include:

  • Have you ever nodded off or fallen asleep while driving?
  • Do you often wake up with a headache?
  • Do you have a neck size of 17 inches or more?
  • Do you have a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or higher?
  • Do you have high blood pressure?
  • Do you have a family member who has sleep apnea?

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is often used tell if you have daytime sleepiness, a symptom of sleep apnea.