The Epworth Sleepiness scale is used world wide to assess sleepiness. This scale is used as a screening tool and should not be used to make a diagnosis.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?
|Sitting and reading|
|Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g., a theater or 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 lunch, without alcohol|
|In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic|
A score of 6-10 or higher indicates there may be a daytime sleepiness problem. Below 6 does not mean a problem may not exist. Symptoms should be reviewed with a physician regardless of the score.
- Do you often feel sleepy during the daytime?
- Do you snore, or has anyone ever told you that you snore?
- Has anyone ever told you that you stop breathing during sleep?
- Do you ever have a choking or gasping sensation during sleep?
- Do your legs ‘kick’ during sleep?
If you have answered yes to any of these question you should discuss your symptoms with your physician.