Epworth Sleepiness Scale


Sitting and reading

Watching TV

Sitting still in a public place (e.g. a theatre, a cinema or a meeting)

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


Lying down to rest in the afternoon when the circumstances allow

Sitting and talking to someone

Sitting quietly after lunch without having drunk alcohol

In a car or bus while stopped for a few minutes in traffic


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What does my score mean?

Talk to your GP about your circumstances. Scores can be interpreted as follows:

0-5 lower normal daytime sleepiness
6-10 normal daytime sleepiness
11-12 mild excessive daytime symptoms
13-15 moderate excessive daytime symptoms
16-24 severe excessive daytime symptoms