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Sleep Disorders: Epworth Sleepiness Scale
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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? This questionnaire refers to your chance of falling asleep, according to your usual way of life, for about the last week or two. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to estimate how they would have affected you during the last two weeks.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

Scale:
0 = No chance of dozing
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
(i.e.- in a theater  or a meeting)

0

1

2

3

As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

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

Total Epworth Score

 

 

Scoring:
7 or less = You have a normal amount of sleepiness
8 to 9 = You have a average amount of sleepiness
10 to 15 = You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation and you may want to seek medic al attention
16 + up = You are excessively sleepy and should seek medical attention