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Sleep Apnea


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General Information

Sleep Apnea is a major debilitating illness in the UK with over 1.5 million adults suffering every night.

Lack of sleep  is a major issue for many and has far reaching consequences on your health.

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site


SleepDrive is a comprehensive Drive that covers all areas of sleep

We have relevant information on SleepDrive

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Welcome to ChangeDrive. We advise most people to come here first because you get the whole concept of YouDrive from here. We firmly believe humans are creatures of habit from the moment we take air to our last breath we create and live by developing habits.

We have relevant information on ChangeDrive

On external site(s)

The Sleep Apnoea Trust is a patient support charity founded in 1996. Their site has a lot of information on sleep apnoea, including the sound of someone with sleep apnoea!  A brief summary of the site is shown below.

You stop breathing frequently when you are asleep. It happens many times every hour.
But you do not hear yourself.
However, your partner your family and even your neighbours do hear you.
They wait in anticipation for you to start breathing again.
Your sleep is unrefreshing and you will wake up still feeling tired.
Those hearing you may not get any sleep at all.
Is it dangerous? – IT CAN BE
Should you get it treated? – YES

SleepTest is operated by Intus Healthcare, and provide in-home sleep tests.  A summary os some main points on their site is given below.

Our Home Sleep Test Can Confirm Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Our In-Home Sleep Test – Detects Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

Does your bed partner complain about your loud snoring? Do you wake up during the night choking and gasping, or do you have a headache in the morning? You should take a sleep test or as it is also known as a sleep study because you may suffer from OSA. These are just a few symptoms of a very serious condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. The OSA disorder increases your risk of several serious health problems, so it’s essential to get treatment.


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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

John Hopkins Medicine have a video on obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – an extract is shown below.

“Obstructive sleep apnea is as common as adult diabetes, affecting four (4) percent of men and two (2) percent of women. According to the National Institute of Health, obstructive sleep apnea affects twelve million Americans. Other researchers have estimated that thirty (30) million Americans are affected. The term apnea is used to describe a pause in breathing during sleep of ten (10) or more seconds. There are various classes of sleep apnea central, obstructive, and mixed, the most common form is obstructive sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by numerous breathing pauses during sleep that lead to the arousal of the brain and/or a reduction in the amount of oxygen in your blood. When you are asleep, the breathing pause is terminated by the brain’s arousal as a result of a loss of oxygen in the blood. When the brain is aroused, the termination of the apnea occurs because of an increase in muscle activity in the tongue and tissues of the airway as a result of you arousing or waking slightly. You then return to sleep and the breathing pause occurs again. This pattern is repeated until you awaken for the day. These breathing pauses occur because of a blockage in the upper airway, usually when the soft tissue in the upper airway (rear of the throat) collapses. This is referred to as an occluded or obstructed airway. These breathing pauses can occur hundred of times each night, but must occur at least five times per hour for a diagnosis to be made by your healthcare provider.”

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In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

Questionnaire on our site

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You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

Our Questionnaire

The Berlin Questionnaire is a simple sleep apnoea screening questionnaire used to quickly identify the risk (low to high) of sleep disordered breathing. The questionnaire consists of 3 categories and risk is based on the responses to individual items and overall scores in the symptom categories.  It takes 5 minutes to complete and you will see your results in all 3 categories and be able to work out your risk rating.

Berlin questionnaire (BQ) has been proposed as a screening tool for identifying patients at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).   Obstructive sleep apnea is a common condition in which there are intermittent partial (viz., hypopneas) and complete (viz., apnea) limitations in airflow, with associated hypoxia and sympathetic arousals, during sleep.[1,2] It is associated with obesity and older age, is more common in men, and, when left untreated, results in increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality

Welcome to your Illness Questionnaire

This DSM-5 Level 2—Somatic Symptom—Adult measure is an adaptation of the 15-item Patient Health Questionnaire Physical Symptoms (PHQ-15) that assesses the domain of somatic symptoms.

This measure was adapted from the Patient Health Questionnaire Physical Symptoms (PHQ-15]), which is in the public domain ( The original measure was developed by Drs. Robert L. Spitzer, Janet B.W. Williams, Kurt Kroenke and colleagues, with an educational grant from Pfizer Inc.
To request permission for any other use beyond what is stipulated above, contact: The measure is in the public domain and can be used without permission.

Somatic Ilnness Questionnaire - adult patient - adapted from the Patient Health Questionnaire Physical Symptoms (PHQ-15)

The questions below ask about these feelings in more detail and especially how often you (the individual receiving care) have been bothered by a list of symptoms during the past 7 days. Please respond to each item by selecting one answer per question.

Stomach pain

Back pain

Pain in your arms, legs, or joints (knees, hips, etc.)

Menstrual cramps or other problems with your periods WOMEN ONLY


Chest pain


Fainting spells

Feeling your heart pound or race

Shortness of breath

Pain or problems during sexual intercourse

Constipation, loose bowels, or diarrhea

Nausea, gas, or indigestion

Feeling tired or having low energy

Trouble sleeping

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