A standard test for excess sleepiness that we use is called the EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE.
You can fill one out for yourself to assess whether you might need an appointment with a Board Certified Sleep Physician.
How likely in the last two weeks have you been to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to just feeling tired?
(Use the following scale and indicate with a check mark the most appropriate number for the situation. Then, add up your score and see how you are doing.)
|Sitting and reading|
|Sitting inactive in a public place (Ex theatre or meeting)|
|A passenger in a car an hour without a break|
|Lying down in afternoon when circumstances permit|
|Sitting and talking with someone|
|Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol|
|In a car, while stopped for a few minutes|
Total range (0-24)
0-8 Normal 9-11 Mild 12-15 Moderate 16-24 Severe
If your score is greater than 8, you might need to see a sleep doctor!