Self OSA Test

The only way to be sure if you have obstructive sleep apnoea is to have a sleep test either at home from a qualified sleep physician or in a hospital sleep centre, but a score of 9 or above on this test is an indication that you should see your doctor.

Please feel free to print this test, fill it out and take with you to your physician.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?
Choose the most appropriate number for each situation:
0 = would never doze
1 = slight chance of dozing
2 = moderate chance of dozing
3 = high chance of dozing

 Activity

Score

 

 

Sitting and Reading

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Watching TV

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Sitting, inactive in a public place (theater, meeting, etc.)

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As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break

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Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit

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Sitting and talking to someone

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Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol

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In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic

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Total

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A score of 9 or above indicates you may be having a problem with daytime sleepiness but below 9 does not necessarily mean that you don't have a problem. See your healthcare professional for advice if you snore, have been told that you awake gasping for breath or if you are sleepy during the day.

Recommended Reading

  • American Academy of Dental Sleep MedicineAmerican Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Irish Sleep Apnoea TrustIrish Sleep Apnoea Trust
  • National Sleep FoundationNational Sleep Foundation
  • Irish Sleep Society Irish Sleep Society