Epworth Sleepiness Scale: Are you suffering from daytime sleepiness?

sleepinessThe Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a short test pioneered by Dr Murray Johns of Epworth Hospital in Australia.

It’s a quick test to designed to check your daytime sleepiness to see if you’re getting enough sleep at night. It’s a test used around the world and can be helpful in diagnosing a range of sleep disorders.

Diagnosing sleep disorders is well beyond the scope of this website, for diagnosis you would have to consult a medical professional, but the Epworth Sleepiness Scale can be helpful to understand to what degree you suffer from a lack of sleep.

Simply fill out the form below, click calculate and you’ll get your result.


Situation Chance of dozing
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
Your total sleepiness score:

Adapted from: Johns, M.W. (1991). A new method for measuring daytime sleepiness: The Epworth sleepiness scale. Sleep, 14, 540-545.


So how did you do? Here’s what the scores mean:

Score Description
0 – 6 You’re getting enough sleep, congratulations!
7 – 8 Your score’s average. You don’t have too much to worry about but you might feel better with more sleep.
9 + You’re suffering from a lack of sleep. Seeking medical help is advised.


Having a lack of sleep can be caused by a range of issues and can effect you in a number of ways. If in doubt, it’s always best to seek advice from a medical professional.