What is the role of the patient’s significant other in the evaluation of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Questioning patients and others is necessary, as follows:

  • Others: Obtaining a history from someone who has observed the patient’s sleep behavior is important. Patients are usually unaware of snoring and/or sleepiness or may minimize these symptoms. Sleepiness may develop insidiously. Patients may be unaware that they are sleepy; that is, they may forget how normal alertness feels.

  • Patients: Question the patient about drowsiness in boring or monotonous situations and about sleepiness while driving.


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