Screen Yourself : Questions
OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is too often unrecognized. Despite its serious and life-shortening consequences, it is estimated that some 80% of people are unaware that they suffer from it and are therefore untreated.(1) An early and easy risk assessment is a good way to educate yourself about OSA and take appropriate action.
The Stop-Bang Questionnaire is a well-known test used to assess the risk of OSA. It consists of eight simple yes/no questions whose initials make up the acronym STOP-BANG. Scores range from 0 to 8. Answering yes to 3 or more questions represents a high risk of OSA.(2)
It is always recommended that you consult a doctor in order to diagnose sleep apnea. The Stop-Bang Questionnaire does not replace diagnosis by a professional.
(1) Obstructive Sleep Apnoea – A guide for GPs – British Lung Foundation (NHS)
(2) Chung F, Subramanyam R, Liao P. et al. High STOP-Bang score indicates a high probability of obstructive sleep apnoea, Br J Anaesth. 2012;108(5):768-75.