There are a number of tools sleep medicine professionals use to determine the nature and extent of sleep disorders. A simple self test commonly used as an indicator of poor sleep is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale. This scoring system is used to determine a person's level of daytime sleepiness.
A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or need to see a sleep specialist. These issues should be discussed with your personal physician.
Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation, then add up the totals to obtain your score. Begin the evaluation by answering the first question below:
Are you the snorer or is it your bed partner who snores?
Your score indicates you may not have OSA. If you feel you have symptoms, consult with the West Coast Dental Group or your personal care physician.
Your answers to these questions indicate that your partner may be at risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. You should consult the doctors at West Coast Snore and Sleep Solutions to see what treatment options are available to your partner. Please contact us at one of our two convienent locations: