Studies prove that sleep-related breating disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea, and other forms of airway obstructions can lead to a variety of more commonly known medical problems such as heart disease and stroke. Sleep deprivation alone, which is the most obvious side-effect of sleep disorders, can lead to poor work production, drowsy driving, and potentially dangerous accidents.
The following sleep quiz can help you determine if you have a sleep disorder.
Directions: Score each situation with the following values:
0: no chance of dozing
1: slight chance of dozing
2: moderate chance of dozing
3: high chance of dozing
|Situation||Chance of Dozing|
|Sitting and Reading|
|Sitting inactive in a public place (i.e. theater)|
|As a car passenger for an hour without a break|
|Lying down in the afternoon|
|Sitting and talking to someone|
|Sitting quitely after lunch without alcohol|
|In a car, while stopping for a few minutes in traffic|
SCORING: Total the points from all situations
1-6: You are getting enough sleep
7-8: Your score is average
9 and up: Seek the advice of a sleep specialist in your area without delay.
(The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was developed by researchers in Australia and is widely used by sleep professionals around the world to help measure sleep deprivation)