Life is complicated. Sleeping shouldn't be. Do you know that one in four people have a sleep disorder? Loud snoring may be a signal that you have a breathing problem that occurs only while you sleep.

As you relax, excess throat tissue can cause interruptions in the normal breathing process. Some people even stop breathing for brief periods, hundreds of times throughout the night! Their spouses may notice periods of "snoring like a buzzsaw" interspersed with gasping.

If you snore loudly, or if you have experienced excessive daytime sleepiness, take this sleep apnea test:

  1. Do you snore?
  2. Are you sleepy during the day?
  3. Are you overweight?
  4. Do you wake up with a morning headache?
  5. Do you have high blood pressure?
  6. Are you irritable, fatigued or experiencing difficulty concentrating?
  7. Do you find it hard to stay awake while driving, reading a book, watching TV or attending meetings?
  8. Do you ever wake up choking, gasping or with a racing heartbeat during the night?
  9. Has anyone ever watched you sleep and told you that you hold your breath or move often while you are sleeping?

If you answered "Yes" to two ore more questions, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

The test is to be used for informational purposes only and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. For more information about sleep disorders, talk with your physician or call the Sleep Lab at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne at 817-556-7627.

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