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Snore Score

Your answers to this quiz will help you decide whether you may suffer from sleep apnea.

Are you a loud and/or regular snorer?

Yes No

Have you ever been observed to gasp or stop breathing during sleep?

Yes No

Do you feel tired or groggy upon awakening, or do you awaken with a headache?

Yes No

Are you often tired or fatigued during the wake time hours?

Yes No

Do you fall asleep sitting, reading, watching TV or driving?

Yes No

Do you often have problems with memory or concentration?

Yes No

The New England Journal of Medicine has published the following screening test to help physicians determine whether to refer a patient for a sleep study. Neck size is a very important number to consider. With a neck size of 17, a man’s probability for obstructive sleep apnea significantly increases. For women, a neck size of 16 is of concern. For example, using the formula below, a man with a neck size of 17 inches who also has high blood pressure and snores is at a high risk of having obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). (17 x 2.5 = 42.5 + 4 + 3 = 49.9)

Neck size in inches*
(form will multiply by 2.5 to get centimeters)
High blood pressure
Gasping or choking in sleep

Total Score:


Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

  • Less than 43 = Low
  • 44-49 = Moderate
  • More than 49 = High

One problem with this screening formula is neck size. There are a number of slender people with sleep apnea that would go undetected with this formula. In addition, this formula’s reliance on neck size makes it more difficult to detect women due to their smaller neck size.

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