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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale quantitfies the level of daytime sleepiness. You will rate how likely you are to fall asleep in certain situations.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the situations described below, in contrast to feeling just tired?
This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. If you are already on CPAP or BIPAP, please answer these questions indicating the way you feel when you are using CPAP or BIPAP.   Even if you haven't done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you and circle one number.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation.

Chance of dozing off:

0 = no chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing

How likely are you to doze off in the following situations?

1. Sitting and reading:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

2. Watching TV:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

3. Sitting, inactive in a public place (theater, meeting):
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

4. As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

5. Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

6. Sitting and talking to someone:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

7. Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

8. In a car while stopped in traffic:
0) Never
1) Rarely
2) Sometimes
3) Often

What does your score mean?

If you score 8 or lower, keep doing what you are doing! You are in good sleep health!
If you score a 9 or higher you may benefit from a consultation by a sleep specialist and/or a sleep study. You can make an appointment with Dr. Aparajitha Verma by calling 713-441-3961. You can also get a referral order to the Houston Methodist Hospital Sleep Disorders Center from your regular physician.

For more information about the Sleep Disorders Center, or if you have a physician’s order and are ready to make an appointment, please call 713-441-7854.