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Your doctor will record your medical history to
determine whether your
snoring is simply interfering with your or your
partner's sleep or whether you have
sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep
Your doctor will ask if you:
Often people with snoring or sleep apnea are not aware that they
snore or stop breathing or have other symptoms during sleep. Your doctor will ask your sleeping partner about your behavior during sleep
such as restlessness, grunting, gasping, and times when breathing stops. Your
doctor may also ask about your snoring: how loudly and how
frequently you snore, and whether you snore more when sleeping on your back or
on your side.
If you sleep alone, your doctor may ask you to record a
night's sleep using a sound-activated tape recorder. Your doctor
also may ask you to keep track of such information as when you fall asleep, how
many times you wake up during the night and for how long, how much sleep you
get, and how many naps you take during the day. You can do this using a
sleep diary(What is a PDF document?).
When evaluating your child for snoring or sleep apnea, your doctor will ask about any:
January 20, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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