Signs & Symptoms
If you have experienced several of the symptoms below, you may have sleep apnea.
- Unrefreshing sleep
- Restless sleep
- Witnessed apneas
- Fragmented sleep
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor memory
- Personality change
- Decreased sex drive
- Morning headaches
- Recent, unexplained weight gain
- Daytime dozing
There are several predisposing factors for Sleep Apnea including:
- Middle age
- Being overweight and obese
- Male gender
- Ethnicity (Black and Latino tend toward symptoms)
- Reduced airway dimensions
- Excessive alcohol use
- Sedative/hypnotic drug use
- Supine sleeper
Fill out the questionnaire below to determine your sleepiness scale:
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing
Sitting and reading _____
Watching TV _____
Sitting, inactive in a public place (theatre, meeting) _____
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break _____
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit _____
Sitting and talking to someone _____
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol _____
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic _____
Total ( 0 – 24) ________
Interpreting the Epworth Sleepiness Scale
0 ‐ 7: It is unlikely that you are abnormally sleepy.
8 ‐ 9: You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness.
10 ‐ 15: You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to consider seeking medical attention.
16 ‐ 24: You are excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention.
Additional ResourcesSleepiness Questionnaire
Sleepiness Scale Interpretation
Downloadable Signs & Symptoms
Downloadable Predisposing Factors for OSA