Take the sleep questionnaire.

If you snore regularly and experience constant daytime sleepiness, you may have a condition called sleep apnea.  Although it is as widespread as asthma and diabetes, sleep apnea often remains undiagnosed.  This test can help you identify some of the other signs of sleep apnea:

Epworth Sleepiness Scale of Sleep Disorders

The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of daytime sleepiness. You are to rate the chance that you would doze off or fall asleep during different routine daytime situations. Answers to the questions are rated on a reliable scale called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS). Each item is rated from 0 to 3, with 0 meaning you would never doze or fall asleep in a given situation, and 3 meaning that there is a very high chance that you would doze or fall asleep in that situation.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? Even if you haven’t done some of these activities recently, think about how they would have affected you.

Use this 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

It is important that you assign a number to each of the questions.


Chance of Dozing (0 to 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


Scoring Your Results

Now that you have completed the questionnaire, it is time to score your results and evaluate your own level of daytime sleepiness. It’s simple. Just add up the numbers to get your total score.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale Key

A total score of less than 10 suggests that you may not be suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.

A total score of 10 or more suggests that you may need further evaluation by a physician to determine the cause of your excessive daytime sleepiness and whether you have an underlying sleep disorder.

Your Next Steps

This scale should not be used to make your own diagnosis. It is intended as a tool to help identify your own level of daytime sleepiness, which is symptomatic of many sleep disorders.

If your score is 10 or more, please share this information with your physician. Be sure to describe all of your symptoms, as clearly as possible, to aid in your diagnosis and treatment.

It is important to remember that true excessive daytime sleepiness is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated.

Dr. Sarah J. Broom, Dr. Joyce D. Wade, Dr. Billy Williams, Dr. William Frazier, and Dr. Rajesh Patel are Premier Medical Group of Mississippi specialists in the area of diagnosing and treating sleep-related disorders, and Premier Sleep Disorders Center is conveniently located adjacent to their clinic. They are available for appointments by calling 601-352-2273.