The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is an online questionnaire which will help you decide if you have a sleep problem.

Some of us know friends or family who think we may have a sleep problem - or we may know someone else who does. You don't have to feel lousy, sleepy, or tired, but you could be in danger of losing your health, years of productivity and happiness, and your life.

Try out this questionnaire; it may be helpful. It is designed to help you to recognize possible sleep apnoea so that you are more aware and can then start to investigate treatment for your symptoms.

This questionnaire alone is not the basis for diagnosing Sleep Apnoea or a medical condition. Read on below the test to find out the next steps.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations in contrast to just feeling tired? 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 number for each situation.

How to Score
0: Would never doze.
1: Slight chance of dozing.
2: Moderate chance of dozing.
3: High chance of dozing.

[Epworth Test]

A total score of 12 or above suggests excessive daytime sleepiness and should be followed up with your doctor, especially if the person concerned also fits into any of the following categories:

  • They appear to stop breathing during the night.
  • They snore (extremely loudly; interestingly this is known as "heroic snoring").
  • They gasp or choke during the night.
  • They work shifts or at night.
  • They have fallen asleep at the wheel of the car, or have nearly done so.

What Do I Do Next?

How can I be sure if I do --- or don't have it? For further information about what to do if you suspect you have Sleep Apnoea please refer back to the main Questionnaires page.

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