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.

Sources:

(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.

STOP BANG questionnaire: Am I at risk from OSA? If you answer YES to three or more items, please consult a healthcare professional. The scores range from a value of 0 to 8. Answering YES to 3 or more questions shows a high risk of having OSA.
Question 1/8

SNORING

Do you snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?
Question 2/8

TIRED

Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day?
Question 3/8

OBSERVED

Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?
Question 4/8

PRESSURE (Blood Pressure)

Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?
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BMI (Body Mass Index)

Do you have a BMI over 30?
Question 6/8

AGE

Are you over 50 years of age?
Question 7/8

NECK CIRCUMFERENCE

Does your neck circumference measure more than 17 inches or 40 cm?
Question 8/8

GENDER

Are you male?

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