1Measure your sleepiness

Epworth Sleepiness Scale1

Please rate how likely you are to doze or fall asleep in the following situations, in contrast to feeling just tired. If you have not done some of these activities recently, select what would most likely happen if you were in that situation.

Rate your chance of dozing in each situation.

 Would Never DozeSlight Chance
of Dozing
Moderate Chance
of Dozing
High Chance
of Dozing
Sitting and reading
Watching television
Sitting inactive in a public place
(eg, a theater or a meeting)
As a passenger in a car for an
hour without a break
Lying down to rest 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 in traffic

Source: Johns MW. A new method for measuring daytime sleepiness: the Epworth sleepiness scale. Sleep. 1991;14(6):540-545. This copyrighted material is used with permission granted by the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, October 2012. Unauthorized copying, printing, or distribution of this material is strictly prohibited.

 

2Explore your symptoms

Swiss Narcolepsy Scale 2,3

This tool was created to screen individuals for narcolepsy with cataplexy.

Please answer the questions below by choosing the appropriate number. Share your scores with a sleep specialist.

 NeverRarely (less than
once a month)
Sometimes (1-3
times a month)
Often (1-2
times a week)
Almost
always
How often are you unable to fall asleep?
How often do you feel bad or not
well rested in the morning?
 NeverI would like to,
but cannot
1-2 times
a week
3-5 times
a week
Almost daily
How often do you take a
nap during the day?
 NeverRarely (less than
once a month)
Sometimes (1-3
times a month)
Often (1-2
times a week)
Almost
always
How often have you experienced weak
knees/buckling of the knees during
emotions like laughing, happiness, or anger?
How often have you experienced
sagging of the jaw during emotions
like laughing, happiness, or anger?

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These screeners are not intended to make a diagnosis or take the place of talking with a sleep specialist.
 

Your Scores

Epworth Sleepiness Scale Higher scores are associated with more daytime sleepiness.1 You should discuss your responses and your score with a sleep specialist.

Swiss Narcolepsy Scale Negative scores are associated with a greater possibility of narcolepsy.2,3 You should discuss your responses and your score with a sleep specialist.

Share these important scores with a sleep specialist

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale and the Swiss Narcolepsy Scale can provide important information for a sleep specialist in screening for excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy in narcolepsy.

Bring your scores to your visit and use the Narcolepsy Conversation Starter to help you have a more informed conversation. And when you speak with a sleep specialist, ask about diagnostic sleep tests that help identify narcolepsy.

The content on this site is not meant to replace a conversation with a sleep specialist. A sleep specialist can evaluate your symptoms and make a diagnosis.

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