Signs & Symptoms Of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you have adult patients with any of these attributes or medical issues, they should be screened for obstructive sleep apnea.

  • Obesity (BMI > 30)
  • Large neck size (>17″ men; >16″ women)
  • Upper airway or facial abnormalities
  • Insomnia (especially in women)
  • Excessive snoring and/or nighttime gasping, choking or coughing (these symptoms may be reported by the patient’s spouse or significant other)
  • Hypertension
  • Lack of energy, including being unable to read or watch television without falling asleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Frequent nocturnal urination
  • Depression
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), which may result in falling asleep at work, while driving, at the movies and so on
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Excessive use of alcohol or sedatives could indicate OSA, as patients will abuse these in their attempts to get restful sleep
  • Smoking
  • Endocrine and metabolic disorders

Not All Sleep Apnea Sufferers Are The Same

FAN2047384Many people – including some healthcare professionals – have stereotypical views of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) sufferers, but the reality is somewhat different. Anyone of any age, weight or body type can have OSA.

  • Obesity (BMI >30) and a large neck circumference (>17″ men; >16″ women) are the most common factors found in those with OSA but far from the only ones
  • Men 40+ are most commonly diagnosed with sleep apnea, but…
    • Anyone of any age can have undiagnosed OSA
    • Women 50+ are most likely to have undiagnosed OSA
    • Women 50+ are also most likely to have an atypical presentation of symptoms – insomnia and fatigue being the most common complaints, not snoring

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