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How well do you sleep?

This test may help you recognize and detect symptoms of sleep disorders. The test is intended as a general source of educational information and does not contain medical advice. It should not be used for diagnosis or treatment. Getting an evaluation at a sleep disorders center is the best way to determine if you have a sleep/wake disorder.

To take the sleep test, write down each number of each statement that is true for you. If a statement does not apply or is false, simply go on to the next statement. To score test, follow the directions at the bottom.

Write down each number that applies to you.

1. I have been told that I snore.
2. I have been told that I hold my breath while I sleep.
3. I have high blood pressure.
4. My friends and family say that I’m often grumpy and irritable.
5. I wish I had more energy.
6. I sweat excessively during the night.
7. I have noticed my heart pounding or beating irregularly during the night.
8. I get morning headaches.
9. I suddenly wake up gasping for breath.
10. I am overweight.
11. I seem to be losing my sex drive.
12. I often feel sleepy and struggle to remain alert.
13. I frequently wake with a dry mouth.
14. I have difficulty falling asleep.
15. Thoughts race through my mind and prevent me from sleeping.
16. I anticipate a problem with sleep several times a week.
17. I wake up and cannot go back to sleep.
18. I worry about things and have trouble relaxing.
19. I wake up earlier in the morning than I would like to.
20. I lie awake for half an hour or more before I fall asleep.
21. I often feel sad or depressed.
22. I have trouble concentrating at work or school.
23. When I am angry or surprised, I feel like my muscles are going limp.
24. I have fallen asleep while driving.
25. I often feel like I am in a daze.
26. I have experienced vivid dreamlike scenes upon falling asleep or awakening.
27. I have fallen asleep in social settings such as the movies or at a party.
28. I have trouble at work because of sleepiness.
29. I have dreams soon after falling asleep or during naps.
30. I have “sleep attacks” during the day no matter how hard I try to stay awake.
31. I have had episodes of feeling paralyzed during my sleep.
32. I wake up at night with an acid/sour taste in my mouth.
33. I wake up at night coughing or wheezing.
34. I have frequent sore throats.
35. During the night I suddenly wake up feeling like I am choking.
36. Other than when exercising, I still experience muscle tension in my legs.
37. I have noticed (or others have commented) that parts of my body jerk during sleep.
38. I have been told I kick at night.
39. I experience an aching or crawling sensation in my legs when trying to go to sleep.
40. I experience leg pain or cramps at night.
41. Sometimes I can’t keep my legs still at night. I just have to move them to feel comfortable.
42. Even though I slept during the night, I feel sleepy during the day.

How to Score Your Sleep

Questions 1-13: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of sleep apnea – a potentially serious disorder which causes you to stop breathing repeatedly, often hundreds of times in the night during your sleep.

Questions 14-21: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of insomnia – a persistent inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.

Questions 22-31: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of narcolepsy – a life-long disorder characterized by uncontrollable sleep attacks during the day.

Questions 32-35: If you marked two or more boxes, you show symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux – a disorder caused by acid “backing up” into the esophagus during sleep.

Questions 36-42: If you marked three or more boxes, you show symptoms of periodic limb movement disorder – uncontrollable leg or arm jerks during sleep, or restless leg syndrome – uncomfortable feelings in the legs at night.

If you show symptoms of the sleep disorders listed, talk to your doctor about the problem. The Sleep Disorders Center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut can determine if a sleep disorder is present and recommend effective treatment.

Reprinted with permission from Northside Hospital, Atlanta, GA.

For information on sleep disorders and treatments, call The Hospital of Central Connecticut Sleep Disorders Center, 860.224.5538.


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