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:
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.