Do I have Sleep Apnea?

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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. How Sleepy Are You? How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? You should rate your chances of dozing off, not just feeling tired. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to determine how they would have affected you.

For each situation, decide whether or not you would have:

  • No chance of dozing = 0
  • Slight chance of dozing = 1
  • Moderate chance of dozing = 2
  • High chance of dozing = 3

Rate each scenario below using the scale above and add together.

  • Sitting and reading?
  • Watching TV?
  • Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g., a theater or 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 alcohol?
  • In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic?

Analyze Your Score:

0-7: It is unlikely that you are abnormally sleepy.

8-9: You have an average amount of daytime sleepiness.

10-15: You may be excessively sleepy depending on the situation. You may want to consider seeking medical attention.

16-24: You are excessively sleepy and should consider seeking medical attention.