Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “SLEEPY ZZZ’S to remember about the Diagnostic Tests for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

S – “Supine Sleep Study”: A supine sleep study is done to monitor a patient’s sleep patterns while lying on their back, a common position during sleep.

L – “Laryngoscopy”: This test examines the throat and vocal cords to identify any obstructions.

E – “Epworth Sleepiness Scale”: A questionnaire to assess daytime sleepiness and help diagnose OSA.

E – “Endoscopy”: An endoscope is used to inspect the upper airway for obstructions.

P – “Polysomnography”: The gold standard test for OSA, which measures multiple sleep parameters simultaneously.

Y – “Your BMI”: High BMI (Body Mass Index) is a risk factor for OSA. Calculate it for diagnostic guidance.

Z – “Zzz’s (Snoring)”: The sound of snoring is a common symptom of OSA. It’s an indicator to consider during diagnosis.

Z – “Zephyr ProVent”: A device that uses EPAP (Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure) to treat OSA and can also be used diagnostically.

S – “Spectrogram”: A tool to analyze sleep sounds, which can provide diagnostic information.

  • “Surgical Management of Sleep Apnea and Snoring” (3rd Edition) – Page 158 📚
  • “Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease” (2nd Edition) – Page 179 📚
  • “Sleep Medicine in Clinical Practice” (4th Edition) – Page 216 📚
  • “Pediatric Sleep Medicine” (5th Edition) – Page 137 📚
  • “Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome: Central Sleep Apnea and Sleep-related Hypoventilation Syndrome” (2nd Edition) – Page 91 📚
  • “Sleep Apnea: Implications in Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease” (3rd Edition) – Page 204 📚
  • “Textbook of Sleep Medicine” (8th Edition) – Page 262 📚
  • “Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults” (4th Edition) – Page 124 📚

Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department