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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Are You Getting Too Little Sleep?

A lot has been said recently about the adverse effects of not getting enough sleep. These range from accidents, big and small, to heart attacks, depression, forgetfulness, weight gain, and....(the list goes on). But individuals vary in their need for sleep. For some, the "classic" 8 hours sleep is just right. For others, 7 or 9 hours is the right number. And the need may change with age and other circumstances.
So how do you know if you're getting enough sleep? If you're inappropriately sleepy during the day, you may not be getting enough sleep.

The simple questionnaire shown below (known as the Epworth Sleepiness Questionnaire) was developed to assess your daytime sleepiness.For each of the 8 questions, circle the most appropriate level. Don't skip any question.

0 -  there is no chance you would doze or sleep
1 -  there is a slight chance of dozing or sleeping
2 - there is a moderate chance of dozing or sleeping
3 - there is a high chance of dozing or sleeping

Chance of Dozing or Sleeping

   Sitting and reading
   Watching TV
0     1       2     3
0     1       2     3
   Sitting inactive in a public place
0     1       2     3
   A passenger in a car for an hour or more
0     1       2     3
   Lying down in the afternoon
0     1       2     3
   Sitting and talking to someone
0     1       2     3
   Sitting quietly after lunch (no alcohol)
0     1       2     3
   Stopped for a few minutes in traffic
      while driving
0     1       2     3

Total score (add up all circled numbers)


A score of 10 or higher may indicate that you are not getting enough sleep. It just doesn't tell you the reason.
A score of 18 or above is considered "very sleepy." Further evaluation may be needed to look for the cause, which may include the high risk condition of sleep apnea.

If you are concerned, seek advice. We're here to help.

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