Epworth Sleep Scale
May Help Determine Sleep Disorder - Treatments for Sleep Apnea May Save
There is more to sleep than just getting to bed early. There are
certain conditions that cause sleepiness during the day besides not
getting enough sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition
where the airway narrows as the throat relaxes during sleep. The sleeper
is usually unaware of the obstruction because he is asleep, even though
he may momentarily awaken to catch his or her breath.
The NBC show Today asked the question “Do you easily doze off while
watching TV?” Answers to some simple questions that can help determine
if you have sleep apnea or other sleep disorder. The Epworth Sleepiness
Scale can help you decide whether to visit a sleep doctor.
These sleep doctors typically are cardio-pulmonary specialists that
offer sleep studies. Ask your doctor for a referral or for a
recommendation to a specialist. Sleep apnea has been associated with
heart disease, stroke and early morning spikes in blood pressure.
Not everyone that snores has OSA, but it can be a good preliminary
indicator. Some OSA sufferers can make a wheezing sound while
sleeping. Put this together with daytime drowsiness, and you are a good
candidate for a sleep study.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a Constant Positive Air
Pressure (CPAP) machine. This devise incorporates a nasal mask attached
to a machine that keeps pressure on the airway as you sleep. It will
also cure snoring in most cases.
Earlier studies have shown that the use of a CPAP will help prevent
heart failure. Untreated sleep apnea may also double the risk of
stroke. Sleep problems have also been connected to headaches among
As we age sleep apnea typically becomes more pronounced. Central Sleep
Apnea may be caused by a loss of brain stem cells that occurs as we get
older. Basically, the brain just forgets to breathe. Special Bi-PAP
machines may aid this disorder.
Here is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale:
Grade yourself from zero to three on each of the questions:
|0 = no chance of dozing
|1 = slight chance of dozing
|2 = moderate chance of dozing
|3 = high chance of dozing
are the question:
CHANCE OF DOZING
|Sitting and reading
|Sitting inactive in a public
place (e.g a theater or a 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 to someone
|Sitting quietly after a lunch
|In a car, while stopped for a
few minutes in traffic
Fill in the right
column and total your score.
If your score is
Then you should
|1 - 6
||Congratulations, you are sleeping well!
||Your score is average
|9 and above
||Seek the advice of a sleep
specialist without delay
If your score is 9 or
above you should seek the advice of a sleep specialist. This could
save your life.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
help you Sleep
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