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Sleepiness Test

The Sleepiness Test is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider being evaluated for sleep apnea.

Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze or sleep.
1 = slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 = moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 = high chance of dozing or sleeping

  1. Sitting and reading
  2. Watching TV
  3. Sitting inactive in a public place
  4. Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more
  5. Lying down in the afternoon
  6. Sitting and talking to someone
  7. Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)
  8. Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving

In general the sleepiness scores can be interpreted as follows:
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

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