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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Epworth Sleepiness Scale


Sitting and reading

Watching television

Sitting inactive in a public place

Riding as a car passenger for 1 hour continuously

Lying down to rest in the afternoon

Sitting and talking to someone

Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)

Sitting in a car stopped for a few minutes in traffic

For this test, people use the following scale to rate their chances of dozing during certain situations:

  • None (0)

  • Slight (1)

  • Moderate (2)

  • High (3).

A score of 10 or more suggests abnormal daytime sleepiness.