Test Yourself for Sleep Apnea
Although there is no questionnaire that can be used to diagnose or rule out sleep apnea, there are several screening tools that you can use that help to stratify risk for sleep apnea.
Each of these screening questionnaires use questions to assess for specific sleep issues.
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to assess excessive daytime sleepiness – which is often a sign of a sleep disorder. It contains eight questions that the user answers with numbers from 0 – 3, based on the likelihood that the individual would fall asleep during different scenarios. This questionnaire is sensitive for the presence of a sleep disorder – but not specific.
The STOP-BANG questionnaire uses questions to stratify risk for sleep apnea.
The Berlin Sleep Questionnaire is another questionnaire that is used to assess for sleep issues.
If you think that you might have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, talk to your doctor. There is no substitute for an evaluation with a physician.