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Epworth Sleepiness Scale

The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of sleepiness. Please  rate the chance that you would doze or fall asleep during different situations. A score of 0 means you would never doze or fall asleep in a given situation. A score of 3 means that there is a very high chance that you would doze or fall asleep in that situation. It is important that you choose a number (0 to 3) for each of the eight situations.

Epworth Scale


9 or less:

Within normal limits

11 or more:

Excessive daytime sleepiness. You need further evaluation.

This is not a diagnosis.It is important to consider all of the signs and symptoms associated with sleep disorders. It is important to follow up with your physician or call the sleep center for a referral to a sleep specialist.

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51% of the American workforce report that sleepiness on the job interferes with the amount of work they get done.

40% admit that the quality of their work suffers when they're sleepy.

68% say that sleepiness interferes with their concentration and makes handling stress on the job difficult.

19% report making occasional or frequent work errors due to sleepiness.

24% have difficulty getting up for work two or more workdays per week.

7% of all workers admit to having changed jobs in order to get more sleep.

68% of shift workers report problems sleeping.

80% of persons with uncontrolled high blood pressure suffer from sleep disorder breathing.

60% of people who have had a stroke suffer from sleep disorder breathing.

50% of person with congestive heart failure suffer from sleep disorder breathing.

45% of persons with high blood pressure suffer from sleep disorder breathing.

A Guide to Better Sleep

Behavioral Techniques

  • Keep a regular sleep schedule
  • Create a relaxing evening / bedtime routine.
  • Use your bedroom for sleep.
  • Limit the time you spend in bed trying to fall asleep.
  • Relax outside the bed and try again when tired.
  • Designate a time and place for dealing with anxiety and problem solving.
  • Take a hot bath or shower immediately before bed.


  • DARK. Make your room as dark as possible for sleeping.
  • COOL. A cool room is better for sleeping than a warm room.
  • QUIET. Use earplugs or white noise to reduce external noises.
  • Use a comfortable pillow.
  • Newer mattress. Your mattress should not be older than 10 years.


  • Avoid caffeine 4-6 hours before your desired bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol 4-6 hours before your desired bedtime.
  • Reduce or quit smoking. Nicotine withdraws can substantially disrupt your sleep.
  • Do not go to bed hungry or overly full


  • Exercise. Talk with your physician about an appropriate exercise program for your level of fitness.
  • Finish your exercise program 3 hours before your desired bedtime.

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