There are many sleep apnea screening tools.
Currently, the one most supported by research is the STOP-Bang questionnaire (1, 2).
It’s quite simple, and I’ve made a free online version of the test below to make it even easier. If a new sleep apnea test becomes more popular instead in the future, I will update this page to always contain the most current tool available.
There is also an additional explanation on why you got the result that you did at the very bottom.
The scoring for the STOP-Bang test is pretty straight forward. Any answer of “yes” to a question will add to your risk.
There are 3 possible risk levels based on your responses:
As you can see, answering “yes” to certain sets of 3 questions can put you in either the intermediate or high risk categories.
Note that some questions like BMI and age can change, so your risk of developing sleep apnea can increase or decrease over time.
If you do have an intermediate or high risk of having sleep apnea, and you’re having significant sleep issues, it’s time to see a doctor and find out for sure.
Recent sleep apnea statistics suggest that about 20% of adults have some level of sleep apnea.
Other than just being annoying, sleep apnea can have a large effect on your short and long term health.
There is ample evidence that:
If not treated, these side effects can in turn make sleep apnea severity even worse.