Tuesday, March 2, 2010

“STOP” to Determine Your Risk for Sleep Apnea

Eighty to 90 percent of people suffering from sleep apnea do not know they have the condition.

The “Stop-Bang” tool was created to detect sleep apnea before surgery. A 2009 study confirmed that the "STOP questionnaire" can help predict a person’s risk for sleep apnea. It is a helpful screening tool for anyone who thinks he or she may suffer from sleep apnea.

These four, yes or no “STOP” questions can help you determine your risk:

S: Do you snore loudly (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)?

T: Do you often feel tired, fatigued or sleepy during the day?

O: Has anyone observed you not breathing during sleep?

P: Do you have or have you been treated for high blood pressure?

You have a high risk of sleep apnea if you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions.

The questionnaire has an even higher predictive value when you answer four more questions from the “STOP-Bang” version:

B: Is your Body Mass Index more than 35 kg/m2?

A: Is your age more than 50 years old?

N: Is your neck circumference greater than 40 cm?

G: Is your gender male?

You have a high risk of sleep apnea if you answered “yes” to three or more of the eight STOP-Bang questions.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale can also help you gauge your risk for sleep apnea. A sleep study is the only way to confirm that you have sleep apnea.

Source: Sleep Education
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