Epworth Sleepiness Assessment

Epworth Sleepiness Assessment

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What Do You Really Know About Sleep?

A good night's sleep—everyone needs it, but not everyone gets it. We stay up late and get up early, and then wonder why we always feel tired. Why is sleep important? See how much you know about snoozing by taking this quiz.

1. The rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage is when dreaming occurs. How often does REM happen during the night?
2. To function well, adults should average how much sleep a night?
3. How many Americans suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders?
4. A sleepless night can have a similar effect on your ability to drive in morning rush-hour traffic as which of these?
5. Minor sleep deprivation can affect concentration, mood, and what else?
6. Sleepwalking tends to run in families. At what ages does it occur most often?
How tired are you, and how likely are you to doze off at inappropriate times?

Read the following situations and use the scale provided to rate your sleepiness.

0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing Situation Chance of Dozing

 Situation

  Chance of Dozing

 Sitting and Reading

 0

 1

 2

 Watching TV

 0

 1

 2

3

 Sitting inactive in a public place

 0

 1

 2

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

 0

 1

 2

 Lying down to rest in the afternoon

 0

 1

 2

3

 Sitting and talking to someone

 0

 1

 2

3

 Sitting quietly after lunch (without alcohol)

 0

 1

 2

3

 In a car, stopped for a few minutes in traffic

 0

 1

 2

3

 

 

 

 

 

Total score __________


If your score is 10 or greater, you are considered sleepy and should see your primary care physician or sleep specialist to discuss your options.