Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Quiz: How Sleepy are You?

This can seem like an extremely subjective question, one that’s likely to change over the course of any given day. Whether you have obstructive sleep apnea or not, you might feel groggy or spaced out the first hour at work and then peppy and full of energy once that second cup of coffee kicks in. However, sleep disorder specialists underscore the difference between normal levels of daytime sleepiness (the type a person without sleep apnea might experience if they went to bed late or woke up too early) and excessive daytime sleepiness (like that experienced by people suffering from the chronic exhaustion associated with sleep apnea). The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was developed to give patients (and their care providers) an initial understanding of whether their daytime sleepiness levels are normal or excessive.

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

Write down the number corresponding to your choice in the right hand column. Total your score below.

Situation Chance of Dozing

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

Press submit to see your result.

Find Out if We Can Help You Rest Better

If you think you may have sleep apnea, then find out how we can help you rest better by calling our Des Moines, IA, office at  515-244-0329, or email us at [email protected].