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Every night, millions of people get mediocre rest because breathing problems disrupt their sleep cycle. Take this quiz to learn about sleep apnea.

  1. Sleep apnea affects approximately how many people worldwide?
    more than 5 million
    more than 12 million
    more than 100 million
    World Health Organization stats say that more than 100 million people suffer from sleep apnea, and those are just the cases we know about. It is estimated that many more cases go undiagnosed every year.
  2. Which of the following ethnic groups is more prone to sleep apnea?
    Native Americans
    According to the U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Hispanic people have a higher risk of developing sleep apnea than other ethnic groups. So do African Americans and those of Pacific Island descent.
  3. Which of these is NOT a type of sleep apnea?
    Obstructive sleep apnea occurs as a result of a physical blockage of the airway, while central sleep apnea happens when the area of the brain responsible for breathing fails to send the right signals to the lungs. There is no such thing as restrictive sleep apnea.


  4. How many deaths per year are linked to cardiovascular issues tied to sleep apnea in the U.S.?
    Nearly 40,000 U.S. deaths each year are linked to sleep apnea-related health issues. These issues include hypertension and high blood pressure, among others.
  5. Sleep apnea has been linked to all of the following conditions except:
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Sleep apnea has not been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, but people with sleep apnea are four times more likely to suffer a stroke than people without it.


  6. Sleep apnea victims are three to five times more likely to be involved with what?
    a car crash
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that driving while sleepy leads to 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and more than 100,000 accidents in the U.S. on an annual basis.


    sleep walking


    their bosses
  7. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of sleep apnea?
    mood swings
    weight loss
    Weight loss actually helps combat sleep apnea Don’t be misled, though — people who fall within healthy weight guidelines can also have the condition.


    difficulty concentrating
  8. CPAP stands for:
    calibrated pulminary articulation process
    chronic passive active patterns


    continous positive airway pressure
    Continous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines use a face mask and tube connected to a pump to deliver air pressure that keeps a person’s airways open.
  9. Which of these is a dental device useful in treating sleep apnea patients?
    palate pusher
    tongue retaining device
    A tongue retaining device helps to keep the tongue from obstructing the airway by holding it forward through suction.
    oral spacer
  10. What does MAD stand for in reference to treating sleep apena patients?
    more air demand


    mandibular advancement device


    The mandibular advancement device forces the lower jaw forward, creating more space in the airway.


    mothers against dentists
  11. Approximately what percentage of sleep apnea sufferers is overweight?
    Less than 10




    There is an extremely strong link between sleep apnea and being overweight — roughly 70 percent of patients with sleep apnea are also carrying extra pounds.
  12. How many pounds would you need to lose to reduce your risk of sleep apnea by 30 percent?




    If you’re carrying extra weight, dropping 10 pounds will make a huge difference in your likelihood of having sleep apnea. That’s often all it takes to get those airways open again!


  13. In which position should sleep apnea sufferers NOT sleep?
    on their abdomens


    on their backs


    Back sleeping restricts the airway as the tounge is drawn downwards toward the throat. It should be avoided in sleep apnea patients.
    on their sides
  14. Approximately 75 percent of childhood sleep apnea conditions are cured if this is removed.
    high fructose corn syrup
    Justin Bieber albums


    their tonsils and/or adenoids


    A tonsillectomy is considered the treatment of choice for sleep breathing problems in children by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  15. The most common type of surgery for sleep apnea is called:


    Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty is a mouthful, but you can call it UPPP for short. It involves removing tissue from the airway to create more space for air flow.
  16. In a pillar implant procedure, this is inserted into the soft palate:
    polyester string


    Does the thought of a sythentic fiber string in your mouth’s soft tissue make you squirm? This procedure stops the vibration of the soft palate and tends to be more effective for snoring than for sleep apnea.
    a microchip
  17. A sleep apnea sufferer could experience this many pauses in breathing per night:
    up to 100
    up to 400


    With as many as 400 interruptions, a person with sleep apnea may never fall into deep, restful sleep.
    up to 600
  18. Approximately how many Americans have undiagnosed sleep apena?
    1 in 2


    1 in 50


    It ‘s hard to diagnose sleep apnea because those who have it are asleep when the most severe symptoms ocurr, but an estimated 1 in 50 has the disorder and doesn’t even know it.
    1 in 1,000
  19. A pause in breathing while sleeping for a sleep apnea victim typically lasts how long?
    1 to 5 seconds
    10 to 20 seconds


    The pause, which typically lasts 10 to 20 seconds but can last much longer, occurs when the airway is temporarily blocked by the tongue, soft tissues or muscles, and wakes up the afflicted person enough to restart the breathing process.
    30 to 40 seconds
  20. The test used during a sleep study to determine whether or not you have sleep apnea is called what?




    During a polysomnogram, electrodes are attached to your finger, limbs, scalp, chest and face to monitor your physiology while you sleep.



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