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The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The only way to be sure if you have obstructive sleep apnea is to have a sleep test either at home from a qualified sleep physician or in a hospital sleep center, but a score of 9 or above on this test is an indication that you should see your doctor.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?

Choose the most appropriate number for each situation:

  1. 0 = would never doze
  2. 1 = slight chance of dozing
  3. 2 = moderate chance of dozing
  4. 3 = high chance of dozing
  5. Use the grid below to enter your score under the “Score” column.


  • Sitting and Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Sitting, inactive in a public place (theater, meeting, etc.)
  • 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


  • Total Score:

Add up your score in the “Score” column. A score of 9 or above indicates you may be having a problem with daytime sleepiness but below 9 does not necessarily mean that you don’t have a problem. See your healthcare professional for advice if you snore, have been told that you are awake to gasp for breath, or if you are sleepy during the day.

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