Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Think you may have a sleep disorder? The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a simple test that can help you determine whether you have a problem.

What is the chance you will doze off in the following situations? (Select the appropriate number.)


Sitting and reading 
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing

Watching TV 
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

Sitting inactive in a public place, such as a theater or meeting
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

As a passenger in a car for an hour, without a break
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

Sitting and talking to someone
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
0 – No chance of dozing 
1 – Slight chance of dozing 
2 – Moderate chance of dozing 
3 – High chance of dozing 

If your score is 10 or greater, review this form with your doctor to determine the cause of your excessive daytime sleepiness and whether you have an underlying sleep disorder.


If you believe you may have a sleep disorder, talk to your doctor. If you do not have a doctor or would like more information on sleep disorders, call the St. John Sleep Disorders Center at 918-744-2355.