Give yourself a Sleep checkup


Like caloric intake or exercise, individual sleep needs differ. Average adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep a night - individual needs may range from five to 10 hours.

The Epworth Sleepiness scale (below) was developed by researchers in Australia and is widely used by sleep professionals around the world to measure sleep deprivation in most people. It asks you to look for everyday lifestyle clues to detect how you are affected by sleepiness.

Are You Accumulating A Sleep Debt?
Rate your chances of dozing off in the following situations using the rating scale below:

     3 -- high chance of dozing off
     2 -- moderate chance
     1 -- slight chance
     0 -- none or stay wide awake



 Sitting or Reading
 Watching Television
 Sitting in a public place (like a theatre)
 Lying down for an afternoon rest
 Sitting or talking with someone
 Sitting down after a lunch without alcohol
 Being driven in a car for more than one hour
 Sitting in a car stopped in traffic
 

If your total score is 0 - 5, you're probably getting enough rest. If your score is 6 - 12, you probably have a mild case of sleep deprivation. If you scored 13 or higher, you have chronic sleep deprivation.

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