Do you have a sleep problem?
Do you have a sleep problem? Do you suspect you have a problem? How can you find out if you do? A first step may be to take our sleep quiz and the sleepiness quiz. The results are discussed below each section.
Start by answering the questions one to three. Review your results from the first section and then progress to answer questions four to eleven.
1. Do you sore loud enough to be heard in another room?
2. Has someone seen you stop breathing when you sleep?
3. Do you fall asleep while driving or at stop signals?
Answers: The answer to questions one through three should be no. An answer of yes to any of these questions means that you have a very high likelihood of having a significant sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. You should seek help as soon as possible. You should make an appointment to see your doctor or a sleep physician.
If your answer to the above questions is no, continue by answering questions five through eleven.
4. Do you snore regularly?
5. Does you spouse sleep in another room because of your snoring?
6. Do you wake up with headaches?
7. Do you wake up tired after sleeping eight hours?
8. Do you fall asleep during quiet relaxed times of the day after sleeping eight hours the previous night?
9. Do you drink more than three caffeinated beverages a day?
10. Do you drink coffee or tea at bedtime and have no trouble going to sleep?
11. Do you get up frequently to pass urine?
The answers to questions four through eleven should be no. If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, discuss the questions and your answer with your doctor on your next visit.
Epworth Sleepiness Scale
Complete the following questionnaire using the following scoring system to determine where you fall on the sleepiness scale:
0= no chance of dozing
1= slight chance of dozing
2= moderate chance of dozing
3= high chance of dozing
Situation Chance of Dozing
1. Sitting and reading
2. Watching TV
3. Sitting, inactive, in a public place (e.g. a theater or meeting)
4. As a passenger in a car for 1 hr without a break
5. Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit
6. Sitting and talking to someone
7. Sitting quietly after a meal (without alcohol)
8. In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
If your total score is 10 or greater, it is highly recommended that you seek the help of your physician or sleep specialist. Visit our Resources page for information about choosing a sleep physician and sleep center.