Do you need a Sleep Evaluation? Find Out with the Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Sleep specialists around the world rely on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to measure sleep deprivation and determine when patients need to be evaluated by a sleep specialist. You can use the test as well.

Using the following scale, choose the most appropriate response for each situation listed below.


No chance of dozing 


Slight chance of dozing 1
Moderate chance of dozing 2
High chance of dozing 3


Situation  Chance 
Sitting and reading   
Watching TV   
Sitting inactive in a public place  
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   

A score of less than 10 suggests that you are probably not suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.


A score of 10 or more suggests that you are suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and may need evaluation by a physician to determine the cause. Excessive daytime sleepiness is almost always the result of an underlying medical condition such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, restless legs syndrome or another sleep disorder that can be diagnosed and effectively treated.

If you scored more than 10 on these test, see your physician or call Augusta University Sleep Center.

Augusta University Sleep Center Self Test