Could you have sleep apnea?

Allison Tsai | May 21st 2013 Oct 10th 2017

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You have an ongoing snoring problem.
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Chronic snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. It’s usually loudest when you sleep on your back. It’s also important to remember that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Source: [NIH](http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/signs.html)

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  1. You have an ongoing snoring problem.

    Correct Answer: True

    Chronic snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea. It’s usually loudest when you sleep on your back. It’s also important to remember that not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Source: [NIH](http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/signs.html)

  2. Your bed partner notices you choke or gasp while asleep.

    Correct Answer: True

    When you have sleep apnea, you actually stop breathing for a couple seconds. This sounds like choking or gasping. You will not hear it, but your bed partner can help determine if this is happening. Source: [NIH](http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/signs.html)

  3. You fight sleepiness during the day at work or even while driving.

    Correct Answer: True

    This is a pretty common sign of sleep apnea, but can also be a sign of many other sleep disorders. Mention this symptom to your doctor if you think you have a sleep issue. Source: [NIH](http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/signs.html)

  4. You experience coughing or asthma at night.

    Correct Answer: False

    This is more likely nocturnal asthma, which is a completely different condition from sleep apnea. However, sleep apnea can contribute to nocturnal asthma if you have both conditions. Source: [National Jewish Health](http://www.nationaljewish.org/healthinfo/conditions/asthma/types/nocturnal-asthma/)

  5. You are overweight and a man.

    Correct Answer: True

    About half of all people with sleep apnea are overweight, and men are more likely than women to have this condition. Half of people with sleep apnea also have high blood pressure. Source: [NIH](http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea/atrisk.html)