Sleep Apnea Self-Test

  • Do you snore loudly? (Louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors?)
  • Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the daytime?
  • Has anyone observed you stop breathing during sleep?
  • Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

If you have answered yes to any of the above and your snoring is a problem or you think you may have sleep apnea, call us at (415) 233-4402.

Possible Sleep Apnea Health Risks

Risks of sleep apnea can include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attack
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Diabetes

Risk groups include, but are not limited to:

  • People who are overweight (Body Mass Index of 25 to 29.9) and obese (Body Mass Index of 30 and above)
  • Men and women with large neck sizes: 17 inches or more for men, 16 inches or more for women
  • Middle-aged and older men, and post-menopausal women
  • Adults and children with Down Syndrome
  • Children with large tonsils and adenoids
  • Smokers

Source: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Sleep Apnea Facts: Key Messages on Dental Sleep Medicine (2010). Retrieved October 15, 2012.

A study in The Journal of the American Medical Association, (April 12, 2000 issue) found that those who suffer from moderate to severe sleep apnea were at increased risk of having high blood pressure. The results of the study showed that people with more than 30 pauses in breathing per hour of sleep were more than twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those with no breathing pauses. An increased risk of high blood pressure was found even at moderate levels of sleep apnea.

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