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The Epworth Sleepiness Test

This is the standard test used by all Sleep Clinics

A Sleepy Man If you have excessive sleepiness or suspect that you have a sleep apnea related problem, then take this test which uses the recognised medical standard Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS).

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was developed by Dr. Murray Johns at the Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia to determine daytime sleepiness.

How to answer the Epworth Test questions.
Some questions may seem a little odd and need some thought before answering.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? This refers to your usual way of life in recent times. Even if you have not 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 = No chance of dozing
1 = Slight chance of dozing
2 = Moderate chance of dozing
3 = High chance of dozing
Situation 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



Your total Epworth score is:

Interpretation of results

High Epworth Test Scores

If your score is high, it's advisable not to drive or use dangerous machinery until you have seen your doctor to find out the possible cause. Quote your Epworth Sleepiness Score to your doctor, as they will know exactly what this is and probably retest you with the same questions just to be sure.

Epworth Sleep Test Results

The Epworth sleep test does not prove or disprove that you have Sleep Apnea or any sleep related problems. Many other things could contribute to excessive sleepiness, and this is just an indication of whether further investigation is required. Please take notice of the results and consult your doctor if your score is high.

Please Note:- Information on this website is not medical advice.
Always seek the advice of your doctor if you have a health problem.