EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE

You can use the form below to determine your sleepiness level. For each situation, choose a number based on the scale below. When you finish entering all responses, click on the "Get Your Score" button at bottom to total your score. It is important to select one answer (0 to 3) for each of the 8 situations below.

PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING SCALE:

0 = Would never doze off
1 =
Slight chance of dozing
2 =
Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing

Situation

0 1 2 3

Sitting and reading

Watching TV

Sitting inactive in a public place such as a theater or meeting

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

Lying down to rest in the afternoon

Sitting and talking to someone

Sitting quietly after lunch (when you've had no alcohol)

In a car, while stopped in traffic

THE EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE KEY:

  • A total score of less than 10 suggests that you are not suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).
  • A total score of 10 or more suggests that you may need further evaluation by a physician to determine the cause of your excessive sleepiness and whether you have an underlying sleep disorder.

YOUR NEXT STEPS:

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 is a symptom of many sleep disorders.

If your score is 10 or more, please share this information with your physician. Be sure to describe all your symptoms, as clearly as possible, to aid in your diagnosis and treatment.

It is important to remember that true EDS is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated.