The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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. Even if you have not done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

          • 0 = would never doze / sleep
          • 1 = little chance of dozing / sleep
          • 2 = moderate chance of dozing / sleep
          • 3 = likely to doze / sleep

          The higher the score you have gathered , the greater the likelihood that your problems caused by sleep apnoea. Note that the test can never replace a medical diagnosis. If you're concerned about your sleep problems, contact your doctor or health centre.

Situation Chances of falling asleep - 0-3
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting without doing anything active (meeting, theatre etc)
A passenger in a car for an hour
Lying and relaxing
Sitting and talking to someone
Quiet lunch with no alcohol
Stopping at traffic lights, while driving a car

Interpretation based on your score:

0-8 You have a normal amount of sleepiness.
8-10 You have an average amount of sleepiness
10-15 You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to seek medical attention.
16-24 You are excessively sleepy and should seek medical attention.