Epworth Sleepiness Scale:

How likely are you to doze off or fall asleep during these activities?

0-No chance, 1-slight chance,
2-moderate chance,3-high chance

__Sitting and reading

__Watching TV

__Sitting inactive in a public place
(movie or 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 with someone

__Sitting quietly after lunch, without alcohol

__In a car, while stopped in traffic

__Total Score

If your score is 10 or higher, you may
want to discuss your
symptoms with
your physician.


What is Sleep Apnea?

"Apnea" literally means "without breath." People with sleep Apnea stop breathing during sleep, often many times, making it difficult to get enough oxygen or restful sleep.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep.

Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) is caused by the brain not sending the proper signals telling you to breathe.


  Most Common Symptoms:   Complications if untreated:  

Loud snoring


Choking or gasping during sleep

Sleepiness during the day

Observed breathing cessation
during sleep

Uncontrolled high blood pressure

Difficulty concentrating

Memory loss

Morning headaches

Depression or irritability



Excessive sleepiness during the day;
Frequent falling asleep, fatigue
Irregular heart rhythms
Increased risk of heart attacks or stroke
Oxygenation problems
Uncontrolled blood pressure
Memory loss/ headaches
Difficulty concentrating
Depression / irritability
Decrease on the job performance
Fatigue- related motor vehicle and work accidents
Frequent urination at night
Decreased quality of life

If you do have a sleep disorder, it is important to be diagnosed and treated. Sleep disorders can contribute to other diseases and conditions such as stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, motor vehicle accidents and depression.

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