Sleep apnea is a chronic sleep disorder in which breathing during sleep
is interrupted or shallow. Sleep apnea includes a combination of the following symptoms during sleep:
- Gasping for air
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Frequent waking (often to go to the bathroom)
- Restless sleep
- Excessive tiredness
- Daytime sleepiness
Although there are frequent, brief awakenings from sleep in order to restart breathing, sleep apnea often goes undetected because the disorder occurs when the person is asleep. Evaluation of sleep apnea may be necessary even if the person does not feel that he or she has any problems with poor sleep or fatigue. Sleep apnea increases the risk of serious medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart attack or failure, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Sleep apnea is also the leading cause of daytime sleepiness and can increase the risk of work-related or driving accidents.
To determine whether you have sleep apnea, your physician may recommend a physical examination and an overnight sleep test
Learn your sleep apnea risk
The Freeman Sleep Apnea Assessment, offered free of charge, can help you learn your personal risk of developing sleep apnea, whether you have sleep apnea symptoms, risk factors associated with sleep apnea and steps to take to reduce your risk. The assessment takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and asks demographic questions and medical history questions.
After completing online assessment, you'll receive a free personalized report that outlines important information about your health. This report can be printed and downloaded. We encourage you to print your report and bring it to your next appointment with your physician. Take the Freeman Sleep Apnea Assessment today!
Freeman Sleep Center
931 E. 32nd St.
Joplin, Missouri 64804