Daytime sleepiness test

The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of daytime sleepiness. Answers are rated using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS), the same tool used by sleep experts worldwide.

Each item describes a routine daytime situation. Use the scale below to rate the likelihood that you would doze off or fall asleep (in contrast to just feeling tired) during that activity. If you haven't done some of these things recently, consider how you think they would affect you.

Please note that 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 can be a symptom of a sleep disorder.

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

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

Situation

Chance of dozing (0-3)

Sitting and reading
Watching television
Sitting inactive in a public place, for example, 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

Snoring

Situation

Answer Yes or No

Do you snore loudly?
Do you have persistent nasal congestion?
Do you snore almost every night?
Do you have pauses in your breathing pattern when snoring?

Interpret your score