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How do I know if I am at risk of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

If you answer yes to 1 or 2 of these questions, you may be at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you answer yes to 3 questions, your risk is high.
  • Snoring? Do you snore louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors?
  • Tired? Do you feel tired during the day, even after a "good" night's sleep?
  • Observed breathing interruption while sleeping? Has anyone ever seen you stop breathing while you're sleeping?
  • Pressure: High blood pressure? Do you have high blood pressure, or are you being treated for it?
  • Body mass index (BMI) over 35? Do you weigh more than you should for your height?
  • Age: Over 50? Your risk for OSA increases as you get older.
  • Neck size: Large? Does your neck measure more than 15 3/4 inches around? (Even higher risk is over 16 inches for women, or 17 inches for men.)
  • Gender: Male? OSA is more common in men than in women.

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