Do you have trouble sleeping at night? Do you have a significant other who has trouble breathing while sleeping at night? Are you drowsy during the day? You might be a candidate for sleep apnea. Find out here by using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) to indicate if you may be at risk for sleep apnea.
This is a self-administered questionnaire with 8 questions. You will be asked to rate your responses on a 4-point scale (0-3), from low to high chances of dozing off or falling asleep while engaged in the daily activities mentioned. Even if you haven’t done some of the activities recently, try to work out how they would have affected you if you were doing them regularly.
For each question, write the number (0-3), based on the scale rules shown above. It is important that you answer each question as best as you can:
_____ Sitting and reading
_____ Watching TV
_____ Sitting, inactive in a public place (e.g. a theater or a 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 traffic
With the numbers that you have written down, add them together for a total amount.
Here are the possible results for the Epworth Sleepiness Scale that you could have gotten based on your total amount:
- 0-5 | Lower Normal Daytime Sleepiness
- 6-10 | Higher Normal Daytime Sleepiness
- 11-12 | Mild Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- 13-15 | Moderate Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
- 16-24 | Severe Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
Thank you for taking the time to take this questionnaire. If you scored at or higher than an 11, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Advanced DDS today. Schedule online here or call us at 516-825-1100.
Other factors that could play a role in determining if you are at risk for sleep apnea:
- Age: sleep-disordered breathing is prevalent in individuals over the age of 40
- Gender: the ratio for the general population of women to men in the U.S. with sleep apnea is 1:3
- Health: having sleep apnea can results in a growing number of health problems (heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc).
- Mental State: being depressed (clinically, seasonally, etc.) can alter your sleep patterns and may vary results in seeking a proper diagnosis