When to Seek Help

When to Seek Help

Most sleep disorders are treatable. You should seek consultation with a sleep physician if:

You answer “yes” to any of the following questions:

  1. Are you sleepy in the daytime in spite of eight hours in bed every night?
  2. Do you snore loudly?
  3. Does someone advise you that you actually stop breathing when you sleep?
  4. Do you have violent behaviors during your sleep?
  5. Are you always very sleepy and have muscle weakness when you get emotional (laugh, cry)?
  6. Are you kept awake by restless legs or arms (a creeping, crawling sensation)?
  7. Do you remain unsatisfied with the quality of your sleep after following sleep hygiene tips for two weeks?

You score 10 or more on Epworth Sleepiness Test

The Epworth Sleepiness Test helps to determine if an individual might have a sleep disorder. Use the following scale for each situation:

  • 0 = No chance of dozing
  • 1 = Slight chance of dozing
  • 2 = Moderate chance of dozing
  • 3 = High chance of dozing

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep in the following situations?

Situation Chance of Dozing
Sitting and reading
Watching TV
Sitting in a public place (e.g., a theatre)
As a passenger in a car for an hour
Lying down to rest in the afternoon
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic
Total Score

 

If you score 10 or more on the Epworth Sleepiness Test, you may have a sleep disorder. Tell your Sleep Center physician about your score.