Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Use the following scale to circle 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

Situation Chance of Dozing
Sitting and reading 0 1 2 3
Watching TV 0 1 2 3
Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. a theater
or a meeting)
0 1 2 3
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a
0 1 2 3
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit 0 1 2 3
Sitting and talking to someone 0 1 2 3
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol 0 1 2 3
In a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic 0 1 2 3

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness.  A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy.  A score of 16 or more is very sleepy.

If you score 10 or more on this test, you should make sure you are averaging eight or more hours of sleep a night, and if still sleepy, you may need to see a sleep specialist.

Contact Jackson Sleep Disorders Center for a consultation:
1722 Pine Street
Suite 300
Montgomery, AL 36106-1125