Epworth Sleepiness Scale Questionnaire

How Sleepy Are You?

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) is a scale intended to measure daytime sleepiness that is measured by use of a very short questionnaire. This can be helpful in diagnosing sleep disorders. It was introduced in 1991 by Dr Murray Johns of Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

  • Sitting and reading*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • Watching television*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. A theatre or meeting)*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • Sitting and talking to someone*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing
  • In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in the traffic*
    • 0 – no chance of dozing
    • 1 – slight chance of dozing
    • 2 – moderate chance of dozing
    • 3 – high chance of dozing

Score: 1- 6 = Enough Sleep
Score: 7-8 = Tend to be sleepy during the day
Score: 9- 15 = Very sleepy
Score: 16+ = Dangerously sleepy

Your Score is less than 9 and in considered normal

Your Score is above 9 and its recommended that you should seek medical advice

Please use the below form to get in contact to find out more about Sleep Services Australia and how we can help

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