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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used by sleep professionals to measure sleepiness. Choose the most appropriate number for each situation and total your score.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired?

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing

It is important that you answer each question as best you can.

Situation Chance of Dozing (0-3)

  1. Sitting and reading ___
  2. Watching TV ___
  3. Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. a theatre or a meeting) ___
  4. As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break ___
  5. Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit ___
  6. Sitting and talking to someone ___
  7. Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol ___
  8. In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in the traffic ___

TOTAL = ____

IF YOUR SCORE IS :

  • LESS THAN 8: Normal sleep function
  • 8 to10: Mild sleepiness
  • 11 to 15: Moderate Sleepiness
  • 16 to 20: Severe Sleepiness
  • 21 to 24: Excessive Sleepiness

If your score is above 10, you should contact your primary care physician to see if you could benefit from a sleep disorder evaluation. He or she may refer you to the Excela Health Advanced Sleep Center.