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.

You may print this evaluation to fill in your answers to access your risk.  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 Center, call 442.281.3268.