The questions in the very important questions list are especially important; a "yes" answer strongly suggests that sleep apnea is the problem. To answer some questions, you will need the help of your roommate, bedmate, or a family member, or you may use a tape recorder or video recorder to identify snoring and pauses in breathing.
A "yes" answer to any of these questions may be a clue that an underlying sleep disorder exists. This may be sleep apnea, another sleep disorder, or even a problem not related to sleep. Each of the questions points to a symptom. Symptoms are the clues, sometimes subtle and perceived only by the patient (such as memory loss), and sometimes overt and observable by friend or family (such as snoring), which indicate that the mind or body is diseased. Your doctor, trained to see symptoms as the manifestation of disease, can help you interpret and understand the basis of your condition.
The purpose of this quiz is to make you aware of possible apnea. You might have some other medical or emotional condition, or even some other sleep disorder. You might even have sleep apnea and not have answered "yes" to any of the questions; some people have apnea but don't snore, for example.
No quiz or questionnaire alone should be the basis for diagnosing a medical condition. You should talk about the results of this quiz with your primary care physician. This quiz can help in your talk because each question points to a sign or symptom which is often found in connection with sleep apnea. After ruling out other possible medical problems, your doctor may suggest you have an evaluation at a sleep laboratory or with a professional trained in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.
You can find it useful to read about sleep apnea so that you can communicate effectively with your physician and understand your treatment options. This quiz is based on a handbook which is used by thousands of professionals as well as patients. Phantom of the Night: Overcome sleep apnea syndrome and snoring combines the viewpoints of a pulmonologist who is a specialist in sleep disorders and a patient with sleep apnea to explain how to understand sleep apnea, obtain a diagnosis, and succeed with treatment.
Do you wonder how such a wide variety of symptoms can be caused by the same disorder? The symptoms indicated by the questionaire are explained in this book.
Depression and a number of other symptoms of sleep apnea can have a severe impact on health, well being, relationships, and economic success. To learn more, you can read Sleep Apnea--the Phantom of the Night to appreciate the importance of getting effective treatment for apnea. The information in this book will help you obtain the diagnosis and treatment which can literally transform your life. And you will learn the importance of protecting yourself against some of the dangers faced by persons with sleep apnea---like avoiding accidents caused by falling asleep while driving; or life-threatening medical emergencies that can be brought on by anesthesia or other treatments and procedures. And you will have information that gives you access to resources---like support and education groups for persons with sleep apnea and their families. Finally, this handbook can be your guide to making sure your treatment is effective and put you in control of restoring your life to health and well-being.
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