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Sleepiness Self-Test 

How sleepy is too sleepy?

A simple self-test can help measure your level of sleepiness, and may alert your doctor to the presence of an underlying medical condition that may be responsible for excessive sleepiness.

Using a score from 0 to 3, rate the chances that you would doze off or fall asleep during these routine activities of daily living. You must put a number in each of the 8 boxes to obtain an accurate score.

0 = would never doze 2 = moderate chance of dozing
1 = slight chance of dozing 3 = high chance of dozing


Chance of dozing
(0 – 3)

Sitting and reading

0        1        2        3

Watching television

0        1        2        3

Sitting inactive in a public place, for example, a theater or meeting

0        1        2        3

Being a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

0        1        2        3

Lying down to rest in the afternoon

0        1        2        3

Sitting and talking to someone

0        1        2        3

Sitting quietly after lunch (when you’ve had no alcohol)

0        1        2        3

In a car, while stopped in traffic

0        1        2        3

Total Score  


Understanding Your Score

Add together all the numbers from the self-test and check your total score against the Epworth Sleepiness Scale below.


0 - 9: OK 

A total score of less than 10 suggests you are not suffering from excessive sleepiness.

10 +:
See your doctor 

A total score of 10 or more suggests that you may need further evaluation by a physician to determine the cause of your excessive sleepiness and whether you have an underlying medical disorder.

Remember: True excessive sleepiness is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated. If you receive treatment for an underlying condition and are still experiencing excessive sleepiness, please tell your doctor.

Talk to your primary care physician about your sleepiness, and ask him/her about a referral to the St. Mary's Sleep Center.

St. Mary's Sleep Center
2844 Index Road
Madison, WI 53713
Information: (608) 258-5266
Office visits: (608) 229-7979
Fax: (608) 258-6176


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