Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Situation 0 1 2 3
Sitting and Reading
Watching TV
Sitting Inactive in a Public Place (eg. theatre or 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 Lunch without Alcohol
In a Car, While Stopped for a Few Minutes in Traffic

Your Score:     

A total score of 12 or above suggests excessive daytime sleepiness and should be followed up with your doctor, especially if the person concerned also fits into any of the following categories:

  • They appear to stop breathing during the night.
  • They snore (extremely loudly; interestingly this is known as "heroic snoring").
  • They gasp or choke during the night.
  • They work shifts or at night.
  • They have fallen asleep at the wheel of the car, or have nearly done so.

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