Sleep

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is widely used in the field of sleep medicine as a subjective measure of a patient's sleepiness. The test is a list of eight situations in which you rate your tendency to become sleepy on a scale of 0, no chance of dozing, to 3, high chance of dozing. When you finish the test, add up the values of your responses. Your total score is based on a scale of 0 to 24. The scale estimates whether you are experiencing excessive sleepiness that possibly requires medical attention. 

Interactive self-evaluation test

Using the rating scale below, rate each of the following statements as it best applies to you:

Would never doze Slight chance
of dozing
Moderate chance
of dozing
High chance
of dozing
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. cinema or in a meeting)
Being in a car for an hour as a passenger (without a break)
Lying down to rest in the afternoon (when possible)
Sitting and chatting to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch (not having had alcohol)
In a car when you stop in traffic for a few minutes

 Your Score 
 It Means    

Result What your ESS result indicates
Less than 10 You are most likely getting enough sleep
However, if you have noticed a change in your normal sleep routine, you may want to discuss this with your doctor.
10 - 15 Your may be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness
You should see you Doctor to determine the cause of your sleepiness and possible treatment. 
Your Doctor may refer you to Wythe County Community Hospital for a sleep study to assist in your diagnosis.
16+ You are dangerously sleepy
It is imperative that you see your Doctor to determine the cause of your sleepiness, and to investigate treatment as soon as possible.  Your Doctor can refer you to Wythe County Community Hospital for a sleep study to assist in your diagnosis.

* This scale should not be used to make your own diagnosis. It is intended as a tool to help you  identify your own level of daytime sleepiness, which can often by a symptom of many sleep disorders.

What's Next?

If your score is 10 or more, please share this information with your doctor - make sure you describe all your symptoms  as clearly as possible to help in your diagnosis and treatment.  You may want to print off this questionnaire and take the results to your doctor, or call us at 276-625-8812 and we can talk to you about the best next steps towards a better night's sleep.