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
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
If you snore loudly, or if you have experienced excessive daytime
sleepiness, take this sleep apnea test:
- Do you snore?
- Are you sleepy during the day?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you wake up with a morning headache?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Are you irritable, fatigued or experiencing difficulty
- Do you find it hard to stay awake while driving, reading a
book, watching TV or attending meetings?
- Do you ever wake up choking, gasping or with a racing
heartbeat during the night?
- 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