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Epworth Sleepiness Test

If you suspect you may have Sleep Apnoea, you can fill in the online Pictorial Epworth Sleepiness Scale directly on the British Lung Foundation's website and an immediate calculation will be made with results shown, suggesting if you need to take further action.  The Epworth Test is usually one of the first steps your GP or other medic will ask you to complete before being referred for a full Sleep Study.
 
 
You can also take a simple overnight Home Screening Sleep Test to check if you do have Sleep Apnoea.  These are particularly helpful for persuading your GP to send you to for a full sleep study at your nearest sleep clinic, or perhaps for convincing yourself that you need to take action!

IF YOUR EPWORTH SCORE SHOWS THAT YOU COULD POSSIBLY BE AN UNDIAGNOSED SUFFERER OF SLEEP APNOEA, PLEASE, FOR YOUR SAKE AND YOUR FAMILY'S, DO NOT IGNORE YOUR SYMPTOMS, AND SEEK MEDICAL HELP NOW!!

The Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, as part of King`s Health Partners in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation (BLF), have been working on an important project to screen for excessive daytime sleepiness online, a symptom that is frequently associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.  Since 2011 more than 28,000 subjects have been screened using an online version of the  Epworth Sleepiness Scale - a questionnaire validated for Sleep Apnoea.
The collaboration is designed to reach out nationwide to raise awareness of Sleep Apnoea and is constructed along the awareness campaign of the BLF for Sleep Apnoea. Since the beginning of 2012 age and gender information is collected to map out the symptom and understand the problems it causes on a public health scale.
First results of this project are accepted for presentation at the Winter Conference of the British Thoracic Society in early December in London.

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Crabbleite replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Thanks Kath. I am going to start adapting to the mask by wearing it in the day at first. Once I get one or two nights on it I reckon I will be OK. other forums have said there is no point in tweaking my pressure because of the high leak rate and I…"
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Bill Thomson replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"but it's also worth considering if you definitely ONLY breathe through your nose during sleep as that could cause a higher AHI...” Crabbleite, maybe you are one of the relative minority like me, who find that with CPAP you physically…"
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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"In one way John, bearing in mind your AHI was 45 on diagnosis, 9 is very good, although if you're still experiencing the brain fog and tiredness etc., it's a pity the clinic haven't managed to get it lower despite them trying. …"
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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi Crabbleite I can't speak for the Resmed Mirage FX, but we've sold the Wisp for years at the charity and our site has all 5 star reviews.  The DreamWisp is the newest version with the difference being the hose comes out of the top…"
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John Wilkinson replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi. I was diagnosed about 3 years ago with severe sleep (45 AHI). I'm 63, fairly active and only slightly overweight. My AHI came down to 9 after about 12 months and I get about 7 hours sleep a night. Despite their best efforts my clinic has…"
21 hours ago
Crabbleite replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi I have been using xPAP fo around 15 years and have never really for it to work for me. I am joining this forum with eh aim of getting my AHI below 5. I have been using a Respirinicas Comfort Gel nasal mask for a long time now and it is well…"
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Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Frankam, you're with a very good sleep clinic who remotely check and monitor your therapy so please don't try to adjust any settings.  If the machine needs to go up to a pressure of 10 it's because that pressure is needed to…"
Monday
frankam replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"An  update  here  tonight  is  my  6th  night with  the cpap...The  first  night  was  great  slept  solid,however the last three  days  i just could  not …"
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Jonathan replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Those adrenaline shots when you stop breathing and your brain wakes you up can certainly send you dashing to the loo.  CPAP worked for me too (diagnosed 2008). Great night's sleep on night one, and only got better."
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Kath Hope replied to ScottishSleepyHead's discussion Newly diagnosed not sure what happens next - Scottish NHS
"Yes it can be a shock to get the results of a sleep study Mark and to find out you're stopping breathing 24 times per hour, because this is happening whilst asleep so most often the sufferer is totally unaware of this.  This forum is…"
Jan 15
ScottishSleepyHead replied to ScottishSleepyHead's discussion Newly diagnosed not sure what happens next - Scottish NHS
"Hi Kath, thank you for the quick response. Until last February I had never heard of sleep apnea, so it's been a bit of a journey until now even. When the GP first explained sleep apnea as being asleep and your throat closing then you stop…"
Jan 15
Kath Hope replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Hi again Frankam and was glad to be of help and reassurance.  I was speaking with one of your nurses earlier and told her of your great overnight success, and she was really pleased.  The nurses aren't here on the forum but they are…"
Jan 14
Kath Hope replied to ScottishSleepyHead's discussion Newly diagnosed not sure what happens next - Scottish NHS
"Welcome Mark and good to hear you got diagnosed and will hopefully soon be treated.  An AHI of 24 is classed as moderate sleep apnoea (30 and above is severe).  Good that you don't drink as it makes sleep apnoea worse.  Being…"
Jan 14
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Newly diagnosed not sure what happens next - Scottish NHS

Hi,Firstly my names Mark and I am totally alien to all of this.I had a sleep test done by the Scottish NHS about 14 weeks ago, after waiting since January to get it, given all the Covid problems I thought that was quite quick. The results came back…See More
Jan 14
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frankam replied to The SleepGuide Crew's discussion Welcome to our Forum - Feel Free to Introduce Yourself Here.
"Well i finally  made  it  here..thanks  for  all  the  help   and advice fromKath  who has  been a great  help.I used  my philips  cpap machine  last  night for …"
Jan 14
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"It seems a very big difference i slept like a baby"
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