Sleep Apnea Test

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea (also spelt as sleep apnoea) is not just snoring or feeling tired during the day – it is a serious medical condition. It not only affects your sleep but can severely impact your health and your quality of life.

Someone with sleep apnea will either:

  • Completely stop breathing (known as an apnea) and/or
  • have their breathing severely restricted (a hypopnea)

These events can happen hundreds of times per night each cycle, the apnea or hypopnea starves the body of vital oxygen and increases carbon dioxide (waste product of breathing) in the blood. The lack of oxygen in the body signals the brain to “wake” the body to start breathing again.

Untreated sleep apnea is associated with a decreased quality of life and other serious medical conditions like obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

This tool is not a substitute for professional clinical advice, and you are always encouraged to seek advice from your doctor, with any questions related to your health.

Do you snore?

  • Yes
  • No

Are you excessively tired during the day?

  • Yes
  • No

Have you been told you stop breathing during sleep?

  • Yes
  • No

Do you have raised blood pressure?

  • Yes
  • No

Is your neck size greater than 41 centimetres (female) or 43 centimetres (male)?

  • Yes
  • No

You may be at risk

Because you’ve answered ‘yes’ to three or more questions, you may be at risk of having sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a health condition and when left untreated can lead to chronic health issues. The good news is that treating sleep apnea has been shown to improve patients' quality of life and may help improve your health.

Talk to your doctor if any of the above risk factors are affecting your lifestyle or you are concerned about your sleeping patterns.

The findings of this tool have been sourced from ResMed, for more information on ResMed and to access a range of tools that can provide you with further information click here.

Results are inconclusive

Because you’ve answered ‘no’ to two or more questions, you may not be at risk of having sleep apnea. However, there are other symptoms of sleep apnea that are not outlined in this screening quiz. If you think you might have a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, you should make an appointment to talk to your doctor today.

Sleep apnea affects more than 3 in 10 men and nearly 1 in 5 women, * so rest assured, you're not alone.

*Sleep-disordered breathing affects 34% of men and 17% of women aged between 30 and 70. Peppard et al. Increased prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in adults. Am J Epidemiol. 2013 (5.17)

The findings of this tool have been sourced from ResMed, for more information on ResMed and to access a range of tools that can provide you with further information click here.