There are a few different things you can do to figure out how sleepy you are, and whether your sleepiness could be causing health problems. Ideas include using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, keeping a sleep diary, and making an appointment with a health care provider.

Epworth Sleepiness Scale

Many health care providers use a tool called the Epworth Sleepiness Scale to help patients determine how sleepy they are, and if their sleepiness can cause health problems. The scale uses a series of questions to help you compare how sleepy you are with other people.

Depending on your score, you might want to consider discussing your results with your physician or other health care provider. You might also wish to schedule an appointment for an accurate diagnosis and, if appropriate, effective treatment of an underlying sleep disorder.

Sleep Diary

Keeping a sleep diary for one week or longer can help you identify any behaviors that might contribute to your sleepiness, such as not allowing enough time for sleep, inconsistent sleep schedules, etc.

Sharing your symptoms as well as the results of the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and a sleep diary with your health care provider can help your provider diagnose and treat any underlying causes.

Get Help

Remember, true excessive daytime sleepiness is almost always caused by an underlying medical condition that can be easily diagnosed and effectively treated.