What is the difference between mild and moderate sleep apnea?
Severe obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is greater than 30 (more than 30 episodes per hour) Moderate obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 15 and 30. Mild obstructive sleep apnea means that your AHI is between 5 and 15.
What is considered mild sleep apnea?
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep that’s interrupted five to 15 times per hour is defined as mild sleep apnea. Fifteen to 30 so-called “events” are rated as moderate sleep apnea, and the presence of more than 30 events per night is classified as severe sleep apnea.
Is moderate sleep apnea serious?
Moderate sleep apnea is ranked as 15 to 30 on the AHI scale, meaning 15 to 30 instances of stopped or shallow breathing per hour. Those with moderate sleep apnea commonly experience “involuntary sleepiness during activities that require some attention, such as meetings or presentations,” reports the AASM.
What are the symptoms of moderate sleep apnea?
Common moderate sleep apnea symptoms
- Snoring (loudly and/or consistently)
- Excessive sleepiness during the day (also called hypersomnia)
- Morning headaches.
- Feelings of depression, irritability or mood swings.
- Difficulty concentrating, focusing or remembering things during the day.
Is an AHI of 2 good?
An ideal AHI is fewer than five events per hour. That rate is within the normal range. Some sleep specialists aim for one or two events per hour so you’re getting better sleep.
How to tell if you have mild sleep apnea?
By having this information, you can bring it to the attention of your doctor who can assess you to determine the source of fatigue, sleep problems, and other symptoms. People with mild apnea might snore. While snoring usually isn’t cause for any alarm, consistent and loud snoring is a sign of sleep apnea.
In adult patients (≥ 18 years of age), mild sleep apnea is defined as a sleep apnea test showing an apnea hypopnea index (AHI) between 5 and 15.
Should you treat mild sleep apnea?
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