Epworth Sleepiness Scale

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired?

This refers to your usual way of life in recent times.

  Situation Score
Use this scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation.  0 = No chance of dozing  1 = Slight chance of dozing  2 = Moderate chance of dozing 3 = High chance of dozing  Sitting and Reading  
Watching TV  
Sitting inactive in a public place (e.g. theater or meeting)  
As a passenger in a car for one hour without a break  
Lying down in the afternoon when circumstances permit  
Sitting and talking to someone  
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol  
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes of traffic  

If you score 10 or more, OSA is very likely, but not used to diagnose the condition.

If you score 9 or less, OSA cannot be ruled out.

This scale is used simply to assess daytime sleepiness and may be used to assist in the diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


STOP-BANG Scoring Tool

To detect suspected Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

  Questions Yes / No









1. Do you snore loudly?

(Louder then talking or loud enoughto be heard through closed doors?)

2. Do you often feel tired, fatigued, or sleepy during the daytime?  
3. Has anyone observed you stop breathing during your sleep?  
4. Do you have, or are you being treated for high blood pressure?  

5. BMI more then 35?

ht (in)____ wt(lbs)____

6. Age over 50 years old?  
7. Neck circumference greater than 17″ for male or 16″ for female?  
8. Gender – male?  

Activity: Three “yes” responses place the patient in the category of suspected high risk of having Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).