Calculate your level of sleepiness
Healthy adults may experience sleepiness at their normal bedtime or even mid-afternoon. Daytime sleepiness is considered excessive when it occurs at unusual times.
Excessive daytime sleepiness directly affects the individual and also those close to him or her. Sleepiness can have serious consequences, be it personal, family or professional.
Sleepiness can be measured objectively in the laboratory and subjectively by autoquestionnaire. Objective sleepiness is measured by the maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) and requires polysomnography. Usually, subjective sleepiness is measure by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS). The ESS is a simple and short duration tool assessing the probability of falling asleep in various situations. ESS score may decrease with appropriate positive pressure treatment.
How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep during the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired? If a situation never or rarely occurs, give your best guess for that situation.
Sleepness Scale (1 to 3) :
|0 = would never doze||1 = slight chance of dozing|
|2 = moderate chance of dozing||3 = high chance of dozing|
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