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How Sleepy Are You?

Epworth Sleepiness Scale
The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of daytime sleepiness. It asks you to rate the chances that you would doze off or fall asleep during different, routine, daytime situations. Answers to the questions are rated on a reliable scale called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS).

Each item is rated from 0 to 3, with 0 meaning you would never doze or fall asleep in a given situation, and 3 meaning that there is a very high likelihood that you would doze or fall asleep in that situation.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? Even if you haven't done some of these things recently, think about how they would have affected you.

Situation Chance of Dozing (0-3)

Sitting and reading

Watching television
Sitting inactive in a public place, for example, a theater or meeting
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch (when you've had no alcohol)
In a car, while stopped in traffic


If your total score is over 10, you may be excessively sleepy and you should seek medical advice.

If your score is under 10, you have average amount of sleepiness.

It is always prudent to discuss any score with your physician.

This test is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis and treatment management if you have any concerns regarding your health, do seek professional medical advice.

(c)MW Johns. Reproduced with permission from the author.


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