by Shelby Memorial Hospital

How are you sleeping?

These are some of the symptoms of possible having sleep problems:

- complaints of your snoring

- stop breathing during sleep

- jerking yourself awake

- feeling exhaustion

- feeling fatigue

- having emotional moods

- having morning headaches

- having difficulty concentrating

- excessive perspiring during sleep

- excessive daytime sleepiness after a night of sleeping

- having dry mouth upon awakening

If you have any of these symptoms, be aware that you could possible have sleep apnea.

People that have a diagnosis of diabetes, high blood pressure, congested heart failure, obesity, insomnia, fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome can be more prone to having sleeping problems.

This questionaire can help you talk with your doctor about sleep apnea.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale: What’s Your Score?

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 to more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test you sould consider seeing your physician to determine if you possibly have 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


Sitting or reading ___

Watching TV ___

Sitting inactive in a public place _____

Being a passenger in a motor vehicle for an hour or more ____

Lying down in the afternoon _____

Sitting and talking to someone _____

Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol) _____

Stopped for a few minutes in traffic while driving, or just driving _____

Total Score ________

If you scored 10 or more, please contact your physician. After talking with your physician, he or she may ask that you have a sleep study test.

For more information, call Shelby Memorial Hospital at 774-3961, ext. 5502, Shelby Memorial Sleep Lab.

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