Is sleep apnea common?

Yes. It has been published that it affects 4% of men and 2% of women, but personally, i think it is much higher. Unfortunately, it has been given lower priority than other medical conditions. That is now changing as we are discovering that is is associated with considerable medical and psychiatric morbidity and even mortality.
Yes. Not only is it very common, but more concerning is that some studies estimate that upto 90% of those with sleep apnea havent been diagnosed with it yet (they don't know they have it).
Yes. Most people with it are not diagnosed yet. Published numbers are low, and most authors of studies admit that the number is likely much higher. Many people snore and "insist" they don't have apnea. Most of them are wrong and unable to diagnose. Even if a spouse says they don't observe a struggle to breathe, a person can have this life threatening condition.
R/O OSA. OSA can be suggested by history and physical. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ aM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/collar size>18. The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL.

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Is sleep apnea common in epileptics and if so, which type?

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How common is it for somebody to get obstructive sleep apnea?

Very. There is a near epidemic of sleep apnea. Largely because it is strongly, associated with obesity, and there is an obesity epidemic in the United States. Read more...
Epidemic. It has become extremely common. Partly because of increased awareness. Environment, weight gain and many other factors play a role. Read more...
Much more common. Sleep apnea seems to be a lot more prevalent now due to environmental polliutants, poor nutrition, and other variables. Read more...
Very Common. There are things that can be done to help lessen symptoms of sleep apnea and depending on severity, may eliminate them. Weight loss, avoidance of sedating chemicals or medications, avoiding supine sleep can help. There is an oral device that a dentist can make and some medical therapies from an ENT that can help. Pap therapy is still the gold standard treatment and splints the airways open. Read more...

Is sleep apnea a common condition everyone should be tested for?

Risk factors! The epworth sleepiness survey (google it!) will help one determine if they should be tested for apnea based on a series of questions about fatigue. If there is reported loud snoring, gasping during sleep and high blood pressure, or other indicators such as: male body mass index >25, neck size > 17 inches, (both slightly lower for women). Dentally: look for grinding and gerd. Talk to your dentist. Read more...
No. No, just individuasl who are are risk. People who stop breathing during sleep, who snore excessively, who have insomnia or who wake up with headaches may fall into that category. Your physician can determine if you need referral to a sleep specialist. Read more...

What would be the most common key signs that a person with sleep apnea need to be woken up?

Stop breathing . The key signal is stoppage of breathing. An apneic will usually exhibit a rhythmic (if not obnoxiously loud) snoring pattern. When they exhale and begin to snore on the inhale again, the tissues of the tongue and airway collapse like a straw in a thick milkshake. Because they haven't taken a breath, their co2 levels are high and they struggle to get a breath. Get them to a sleep doc asap. Read more...
Lack of Breathing ! If the person makes absolutely no breathing sounds, and then starts "fighting" to catch a breath, this would be a good time to wake them up. No one ever had apnea when they were awake. This person must have a sleep study (at a clinic or at home) and a determination needs to be made if CPAP or oral appliance will successfully treat them. Apnea, if untreated leads to significant medical issues. Read more...

Is it common for the elderly to develop obstructive sleep apnea?

Yes, sort of. It is more common in the elderly due to loss of muscle tone, and often due to weight gain as well. However, it is not a foregone conclusion. Not everyone develops osa. Read more...
More likely. As we get older the risk of sleep apnea increases. Especially if we gain some weight and as we age our muscles that hold the throat open tend to relax. Read more...
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Depends. Sleep apnea, in varying degrees of severity, can affect people of all ages. Life style and body type may determine the onset of sleep apnea just as much as age. Read more...
All Age Groups. though most common in overweight men and over the age of 40. Read more...

How common are sleep apnea school problems?

Sleepiness. If a child has proven sleep apnea he/she will have almost irresistible sleepiness in the day and might affect school behavior. Read more...
Fairly. Snoring used to just be "a thing" but we're realizing it's a bigger deal. When kids are having restless sleep, mouth breathing, bad snoring, and waking at night, it can affect deep and rem sleep. Not achieving these can affect concentration, memory and alertness during the day. Read more...

How common is obstructive sleep apnea is grade-school children?

5% or more. Estimates as high as 5% of all school-age children have sleep apnea. This number certainly will go higher given the unfortunate epidemic of childhood obesity. Obstructive sleep apnea can cause all sorts of problems and children with it are frequently mistaken for having attention deficit disorder. Read more...
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It is common (or possible) to suffer from sleep apnea if a peson only sleeps on one's stomach or side?

Yes, very common. Sleeping on your side and/or stomach is a survival technique you developed with out even thinking about it.These positions help to open your airway by keeping your tongue more forward and you can sleep better. Unfortunately that may not be enough. You should get a sleep study if you suspect you may have sleep apnea. Undiagnosed sleep apnea is a killer. Read more...
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