Sleep Suffocation Test

The New England Journal of Medicine has published the following screening test to help physicians determine whether to refer a patient for a sleep study to test for obstructive sleep apnea.

Neck size in inches
High blood pressure
Snoring
Gasping or choking in sleep

Total Score:

Your Risk of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is

Less Than 43
Low
44 to 49
Moderate
More Than 49
High

Understanding Your Results

Neck size is an important factor in determining your potential risk for sleep apnea. Those with larger necks have an increased risk. With a neck size of 17, a man’s probability for obstructive sleep apnea significantly increases. For women, a neck size of 16 is of concern.

It’s important to keep in mind, that this test’s reliance on neck size could be misleading as those with slender necks could go undetected by this formula.