Sleep Test

Part of the problem in recognizing whether you have poor sleep when you have had a sleep disorder for some time, is identifying whether your sleepiness levels are abnormally high or not.

The most widely used method to determine sleepiness levels by Practitioners and Sleep Clinics worldwide is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. It is a subjective assessment of how sleepy you are. But it is well validated within sleep research to be an effective tool in identifying excessive sleepiness.

It is recommended that you fill in the following scale with a spouse or family member to help answer the questions. (A combined score of 9 or more indicates the presence of excessive sleepiness).

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times, even if you haven't done some of these things recently try to work out how they would have affected you.

 
Use the scale below 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 & Reading
Watching television
Sitting inactive in a public place (Theatre, Meeting, etc)
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
In a car but stopped for a few minutes in traffic
Total Score:
   
   
THE EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE KEY
   
1 - 6
You are getting enough sleep.
7 - 8
Your score is average.
9 or More
Seek the advice of a sleep specialist without delay!

If you have the symptoms of OSA and have excessive sleepiness as shown by a
sleepiness score of 9 or more, then you should have an overnight Sleep Study.
   
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