|Below are self-assessment tools for you to use.There is a brief description with a link to each one. Remember, if you suspect you have a sleep problem, or these questionnaires indicate that you may, it is best make an appointment with a physician for evaluation and treatment. These questionnaires in themselves do not constitute medical evaluation or advice.
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is a questionnaire used to evaluate how likely you are to fall asleep during the day in various situations. It has been used for several decades, and is well validated. The higher the score the more likely that your performance is impaired. http://www.stanford.edu/~dement/epworth.html
Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly how you are sleeping, as you may forget day to day what your sleep was like the night before. A sleep diary can be used to really keep track of how much sleep you are getting. This link is to a two-week sleep diary, which also helps you track your energy each day. http://yoursleep.aasmnet.org/pdf/sleepdiary.pdf
It is estimated that many Americans have a “sleep debt” in that they are hours behind on their sleep. This can have wide-ranging effects on health and performance which have been discussed elsewhere on this site. To figure out your sleep debt, first think of a time that you felt terrific, and remember how much sleep you had gotten on the nights before. Then click on this link to complete the Sleep Debt Calculator. How many nights would you have to sleep extra to “catch up”? http://www.thewhitenoisealbum.com/sleepdebtcalculator.needed.multiple.html
This Sleep Questionnaire includes 42 questions about various sleep and daytime symptoms that are suggestive of sleep disorders. Fill it out thoughtfully, and it will give your score at the end. Know that this type of self-assessment is not a substitute for evaluation and care of a physician. http://www.sleepnet.com/sleeptest.html
Are you making up for not getting enough or quality sleep by using caffeine to boost your energy? If so, take this Caffeine Calculator to find out just how much caffeine you really are getting. The results may surprise you! http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database