Have you ever been “elbowed” by your bed partner because you were snoring? If yes, new research says you could have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Prior to polysomnography testing, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan asked 124 patients two questions: (1) Does your bed-partner ever poke or elbow you because you are snoring; and (2) Does your bed-partner ever poke or elbow you because you have stopped breathing? Answering ‘yes’ to being awakened for snoring or apneic spells increased the likelihood of an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) >5/h (indicating at least mild OSA) compared with ‘no.’
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