Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Two common tests to determine your quality of sleep

There are two common tests to determine your quality of sleep. One is the Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS) and the other is the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI).

The Epworth sleepiness scale was developed by Dr. Murray Johns at the Epworth Hospital in Australia. The scale is basically a group of questions that determine how sleepy you are during the day doing certain activities. Your score is tallied and from that your doctor will have a pretty good assessment of how tired you are. The scale is used a lot with sleep apnea patients.

Dr. Johns Website is

The Pittsburgh Sleep quality Index was developed at University of Pittsburgh’s Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. It was developed because there seemed to be a connection between sleep disorders and psychiatric patients. It is a test that is composed of 19 questions. Like the ESS the answers will help your doctors to determine how bad your sleep disorder is and they can determine if you need a sleep study.

For more information about the Pittsburgh Sleep quality Index click on the following website

With my sleep apnea I have taken the ESS test before but not the PSQI test. Both are considered reliable.

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