How do I know I have sleep apnea and not simply asthma?

When napping I simply stop breathing, but I am consciously aware of this. Furthermore, this only happens in the daytime, not in the evening. While I have asthma, I do not snore. How do I know if this is a symptom of sleep apnea? What else could this be?

Doctors Answers (1)

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 8/27/2014

Asthma does not cause you to stop breathing during naps/sleep. Since you do not snore, you could have upper airways resistance. Evaluation by a Board Certified Sleep Medicine physician can help answer your questions.