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:
Have symptoms, such as fatigue and excessive
daytime sleepiness, loud and consistent snoring, morning headache, and weight
Have a dry mouth in the morning.
with concentration or memory.
Have lung or heart
Drink alcohol, especially before bedtime.
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 behaviour 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:
History of restless sleep or frequent waking
during the night.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine