The Epworth Sleepiness Scale


The Epworth Sleepiness Scale can provide a good indication of the likeliness you have a sleep disorder.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, try to work out how they would have affected you. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation (download a printable test):

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

Chance of Dozing/Situation

_____ Sitting and reading
_____ Watching T.V.
_____ Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g., a movie theatre or meeting)
_____ As 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
_____ TOTAL

Any score over 10 – please follow up with your provider to discuss. 16-24 = high risk of sleep disorder, with a sleep study recommended.

If you are having trouble sleeping, ask your physician to refer you to HSHS St. Joseph’s Center for Sleep Medicine. For more information, download a brochure, call (618) 651-2736 or take the virtual tour.