The Epworth sleepiness scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things, 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 or fall asleeep in this situation.
1 = slight chance of dozing or falling asleep in this situation.
2 = moderate chance of dozing or falling asleep in this situation.
3 = high chance of dozing or falling asleep in this situation.

Situation

Score 0-3

Sitting and reading

 

Watching TV

 

Sitting inactive in a public place. For example, in the theatre or at a meeting

 

As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

 

Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit

 

Sitting and talking to someone

 

Sitting quietly after a lunch (without having drunk any alcohol)

 

In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

 

Total score

 

As a guide, a total score of 0 9 is regarded as normal;  a score of 11 or more may mean that the patient has a sleeping disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea; a very high score such as 17 or more may indicate that he has narcolepsy.