Epworth Sleep Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is widely used in the field of sleep medicine as a subjective measure of a patient's sleepiness. The test is a list of eight situations in which you rate your tendency to become sleepy on a scale of 0, no chance of dozing, to 3, high chance of dozing. When you finish the test, add up the values of your responses. Your total score is based on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale estimates whether you are experiencing excessive sleepiness that possibly requires medical attention.

How Sleepy Are You?
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? You should rate your chances of dozing off, not just feeling tired. Even if you have not done some of these things recently try to determine how they would have affected you. For each situation, decide whether or not you would have:

  • ??No chance of dozing =0
  • ??Slight chance of dozing =1
  • ??Moderate chance of dozing =2
  • ??High chance of dozing =3

Write down the number corresponding to your choice in the right hand column. Total your score below.

Situation Chance of Dozing
Sitting and reading __________?????????
Watching TV ?__________?????????????
Sitting inactive in a public place (a theater or a meeting) _____________
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break _____________
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit _____________
Sitting and talking to someone ___________??????????????
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol __________??????????????
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic __________ ??????????????

Total Score = ________________________

Analyze Your Score
0-7: It is unlikely that you are abnormally sleepy.
8-9: You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness.
10-15: You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to consider seeking medical attention.
16-24: You are excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention.
This is only a screening tool provided by us, if you feel that you may have Sleep Apnea, please print this and take it to your Primary Care Physician or Sleep Physician to discuss your conditions or concerns.