Have you ever found yourself jolted awake before falling asleep because you could feel yourself stop breathing? If this happens to you constantly, you might be suffering from a sleep disorder. According to Dr. Maria Lurenda Suplido Westergaard (or Dr. Lolit), sleep apnea (which means “without breath” in Greek) is a disorder in which “airflow at the mouth and nose stops intermittently during sleep.”  Hypopnea, on the other hand, is a situation where “breathing doesn’t stop completely but is reduced, and patients feel that they have to struggle to breathe.”

Are you worried that you might have sleep apnea? Get informed! Dr. Lolit lists five questions to ask yourself in the gallery below.

Dr. Maria Lurenda Suplido Westergaard finished her medical studies at the University of the Philippines in 1995 then went on to study Occupational Medicine at the National University of Singapore.

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(First published as “Health Check” in
Good Housekeeping, Good Health section in March 2006; adapted for use in Female Network)

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