Sleep Assessment Test

Sleep Assessment Test

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 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or need to see a sleep specialist. These issues should be discussed with your personal physician.

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

0 = would never doze or sleep.
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

Read the Situation and Decide What Number Fits Your Chances of Dozing or Sleeping:

  • Sitting and reading
  • Watching TV
  • Sitting inactive in a public place
  • Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more
  • Lying down in the afternoon
  • Sitting and talking to someone
  • Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)
  • Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving

Add up all your numbers. This is your Epworth score.

Score Results:

1-6: within normal limits
4-8: moderate sleepiness. You may want to discuss your results with your physician.
7-9: Excessively sleepy. Discuss your results with your physician.