Epworth Sleepiness Scale

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

0 = Would never doze
1 = Slight chance of dozing
2 = Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing


  • Sitting and reading.
  • Watching television.
  • Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. theater).
  • 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 lunch without alcohol.
  • In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic.

If your score is 10 or greater you may want to contact your physician or the HCCH about participating in a sleep study. Any number less than 10 is usually normal.