The following questionnaire will help you measure your general level of daytime sleepiness. You are to rate the chance that you would doze off or fall asleep during different, routine, daytime situations.

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the situations described below, 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 following scale 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

Chance of dozing
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. a theatre or meeting)
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in the traffic

Scoring Your Results:
-A total score of less than 10 suggests that you are not suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness.
-A total score of more than 10 suggests that you may need further evaluation by a physician to determine the cause of your excessive daytime sleepiness and whether you have an underlying Sleep disorder.
Please review your Epworth sleepiness score with your doctor and discuss your symptoms for medical advice about diagnosis and treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Occasional bouts of sleepiness, especially when you know you’re sleep deprived, are normal. But when sleepiness turns chronic and severe, or if you fall asleep suddenly and unexpectedly during the day, you may have narcolepsy.

Narcoleptics may experience:
• Excessive daytime sleepiness despite a full’s night sleep.

• Sudden, uncontrollable sleep attacks lasting minutes to hours.

• Inability to recall details of a task, even though you have evidence that you completed the task.
• Vivid dream-like experiences that may be freighting or interesting and often involve one or all of the senses.

Symptoms of narcolepsy may appear suddenly or build up over a period of years. Sleep attacks, ranging from mild sleepiness to disabling naps, can occur at anytime, during any activity.
If life has become a constant battle to stay awake, please seek medical advice as soon as possible.


Having trouble getting to sleep at night or staying asleep? How about staying awake during the day?

•Ironically, the same disturbances that cause you to lose valuable nighttime sleep may be making you excessively sleepy during the day.

•Besides chronic fatigue, sleep deprivation can result in irritability, depression, and reduced attention span, concentration, and memory, as well as more illness, lost productivity, and accidents.

•Sleep disorders affect 40% of all people; nearly four out of ten, in fact do not get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis.

•Insomnia can sometimes be eliminated through simple changes in diet or daily routine, by beginning a regular exercise program, or by practicing and maintaining better sleep habits.

Don’t let insomnia impact your waking hours. Contact your physician and discuss your symptoms.

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