Sleep Quiz

Please take a moment to rate the following situations:

Epworth Scale score

In contrast to just feeling tired, how likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations? Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate option for each situation:

Sitting and reading




Watching Television




Sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. theater)




As a car passenger for an hour without a break




Lying down to rest in the afternoon




Sitting and talking to someone




Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol




In a car, while stopping for a few minutes in traffic




1-6
Congratulations, you are getting enough sleep!
7-8
Your score is average
> 9
Seek the advise of a sleep specialist without delay

A score of 9 or above indicates that you may be having a problem with daytime sleepiness, but below 9 does not necessarily mean that you don't have a problem.

The Sleep Observer Scale

The following questions relate to the behavior you have observed in the sleeper while he or she is asleep. Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate option for each situation:

Loud, obtrusive or irritating snoring




Chocking or gasping for air




Pauses in breathing




Twitching and/or kicking of arms or legs




Snoring requiring separate bedrooms




Falling asleep inappropriately (e.g., at meetings or while driving)




>= 5
Indicates symptoms affecting the health, safety or quality of life of the observed person
Your Epworth Scale score: 0
Sleep Observer Scale score: 0
If the Epworth Scale's score is 9 or greater or if the Sleep Observer Scale score is 5 or greater, consult with Dr. Shankland so that he may direct you towards the proper treatment. Sleep breathing disorders can be life-threatening and at the very least, can cause or greatly contribute to many systemic diseases (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease).