The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just 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 score for each situation:

Would never doze off

Slight chance of dozing

Moderate chance of dozing

High chance of dozing

It is important that you answer each question as best you can.

Total Score:
1. Sitting and reading
2. Watching TV
3. Sitting, inactive in public place (e.g. theatre or meeting)
4. As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
5. Lying down to rest in afternoon when circumstances permit
6. Sitting and talking to someone
7. Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
8. In car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

What your Epworth Score means

1 to 6Congratulations, you are getting enough sleep!
9 to 9An average score, this is still within the healthy level of daytime sleepiness
10 and above You have an excessive level of daytime sleepiness compared to the general
population. It is highly recommended that you consult a specialist for further help and/ or treatment.

Source: Johns M W. Sleep 1991; 14 (6): 540-545