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STOP BANG! DON'T IGNORE THE SNORE

April 15, 2012

He Snored Last Night! No! She Snored Last Night! No Snoring Please!

As the father of a third grader, I try to use some of the teachings from my son’s homework and apply them to some of our everyday life’s teachings. Here is an acrostic poem to think about:

A little test you or your snoring partner can take.

S (Snore) Do you snore loudly, (louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors?)

T (Tired) Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during daytime?

O (Observed) Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?

P (Blood Pressure) Do you have or are you being treated for high blood pressure?

B (BMI) BMI more than 35 kg/m?

A (Age) Age over 50 yr old?

N (Neck Circumference) Neck Circumference greater than 40 Cm (16 in)?

G (Gender) Gender male?

High risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: answered yes to three or more items

Low risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea: answered yes to less than three items

Snoring is not to be Ignored.

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