Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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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 (e.g., 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

Interpretation:

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.