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Sleep Apnea

Chronic Tiredness and Sleepiness: Could It Be Sleep Apnea?

Do you often feel tired and sleepy throughout the day, even if you slept for eight hours or more the night before? Do you snore loudly or wake up frequently during the night? If so, you might have sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition where your breathing is interrupted while you sleep. This can happen dozens or even hundreds of times per night, leading to a variety of symptoms during the day, including fatigue, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.

One of the most common types of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway becomes partially or fully blocked during sleep. This is often caused by factors like obesity, smoking, and alcohol consumption, but it can also be due to anatomical factors like a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can have serious health consequences, including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and even an increased risk of car accidents.

The good news is that sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated with a simple home sleep test. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, such as chronic tiredness and sleepiness, talk to Dr. Nafsi about getting tested. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, treatment options can include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or quitting smoking, or using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while you sleep.

Don’t let sleep apnea go untreated. Seek a consultation with Dr. Nafsi to discuss your symptoms and get the care you need to sleep soundly and safely.

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This questionnaire will ask a series of questions about your asthma symptoms over the last 4 weeks.

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How to take the Asthma Control Test™


Step 1
Answer the five questions asked. For each question, make sure you read all five possible answers before choosing the best one for you.

Step 2
Complete the test by clicking 'SUBMIT.'

Step 3
If your score is 19 or less, talk to your physician for better control of Asthma.
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In the past 4 weeks, how much of the time did your asthma keep you from getting as much done at work, school or at home?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often have you had shortness of breath?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often did your asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain) wake you up at night or earlier than usual in the morning?

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During the past 4 weeks, how often have you used your rescue inhaler or nebulizer medication (such as albuterol)?

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How would you rate your asthma control during the past 4 weeks?

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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Screen for excessive sleepiness or follow response to treatment for a sleep disorder
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Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. This will give us a score which is suggestive of excessive sleepiness. 

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Chance of dozing off while sitting and reading?

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Chance of dozing off while watching TV?

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Chance of dozing off while Sitting, inactive in a public place?

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Chance of dozing off as a passenger in a car for an hour without a break? ?

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Chance of dozing off while lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit?

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Chance of dozing off while sitting and talking to someone?

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Chance of dozing off while sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol?

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Chance of dozing off while in a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic?

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Lung Cancer Screening

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If you answered yes to all three questions, you are at high risk for lung cancer. Please contact your doctor for lung cancer screening CT chest or call RPC to schedule one.