Sleep Apnea Quiz: Is Your Sleep Normal?

Do you assume that your sleep is completely normal because you know you go to bed at a decent hour and stay in bed long enough? Just because you don’t remember waking up the night before does not mean you’re sleeping through the night. If this is sounding familiar to you – and you have been wondering why you seem to sleep well but feel absolutely fatigued during the day – then it’s time to find out how sleep apnea is affecting your nightly rest.

Sleep Apnea Quiz: True-or-False Quiz

  1. True or False: If you suffer from sleep apnea, you may wake up hundreds of times per night to breathe. You may not remember any of these events but you will certainly suffer from the side effects.
  2. True or False: If you suffer from sleep apnea, you wake up because you snore really loud and the noise wakes you up.
  3. True or False: If you think you’ve been asleep for seven to nine hours but you have been consistently waking up due to sleep apnea, then this block of interrupted sleep is not considered “normal” even though you’ve been in bed resting for an adequate amount of time.

Answer Key

  1. True. This is the basis of what happens with this sleep disorder. You will find that you wake up feeling exhausted. You may also suffer from other common symptoms like mood swings, difficulty remaining alert and focusing, and headaches. Most patients suffer from exhaustion every single day.
  2. False. Not exactly. It’s possible that the loud noise you make will wake up the person sleeping next to you. However, what’s going on with this sleep disorder is that your throat muscles relax. When they relax, your throat tissues collapse. This causes a blockage of your airways. The result? You stop breathing until your brain catches on. The lack of oxygen causes your brain to then urge you to wake up and take a breath.
  3. True. Just because you are in bed for seven to nine hours does not mean you’re getting enough rest. Sure, your body is resting, but “normal sleep” includes getting into a deep level of sleep that allows your body to truly rest and heal from daily wear and tear. By seeking treatment, you can restore nightly sleep for healthy, comfortable daily life.


Dr. Shawn Hofkes and the staff at Cerritos Dental Surgery are highly qualified to address complex issues, including those that require oral surgery to correct. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.