How sleepy are you?

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Is there a difference between feeling tired and falling asleep on your feet? Apparently there is and the difference is critical! Researchers have been interested in the experience of sleepiness and the perception of tiredness and have created both objective and subjective measures to help them research just how sleepy is too sleepy.

The Epworth Sleepiness Scale was designed by Murray Johns in 1991 to give an objective measure of daytime sleepiness Excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) is linked to many medical conditions and sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. However, many people do not realise that their drowsiness or brain fog are having a negative impact on their performance - both at home and in the workplace. I completed the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and scored 13 which indicates mild daytime sleepiness. I did not find this surprising given that I am 19 weeks pregnant and struggling with a teething toddler. This means that the average night has many interrupted sleep cycles either by multiple trips to the toilet; difficulty finding a comfortable sleep position or wails from the nursery. To complete the Epworth Sleepiness Scale for yourself click here.

On the other hand, the Stanford Sleepiness Scale (SSS) is a subjective measure of fatigue. By tracking your level of alertness each hour of the day, over one week, you are able to configure your peak hours of alertness. These peak times can then be used to to schedule key activities where full concentration is essential such as times when one is required to study, make strategic decisions or give a data-heavy presentation. To take the Stanford Sleepiness Scale click here .

Remember you are not getting enough sleep if....

  1. You need an alarm clock to wake up
  2. You take longer than a few minutes to feel awake and alert
  3. You feel grumpy or irritated when you wake
  4. You feel drowsy in the afternoon around 15:00
  5. You fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow

Please feel free to share your sleep scores with us. Are you more or less sleepy then the Sleep Expert?


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