Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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.

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.

If you so desire, you may print this evaluation to fill in your answers and see where you stand.  Click here to access the pdf version of the evaluation for easy printing.

Situation Chance 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 _______
Total score (add the scores up)  _______


Note: You should always discuss sleep-related complaints with your physician before deciding on medical evaluation and treatment.

For more information or to receive a referral to the Palomar Health Sleep Lab, call 760.739.3685.