How sleepy are you?
Only you can start a conversation with your doctor about your sleepiness.
Measure your sleepiness using the Epworth Sleepiness Scale
(ESS) and bring your results to your doctor. Your answers could help
determine if you are experiencing excessive sleepiness (ES)
due to shift work disorder (SWD), treated
obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or narcolepsy.1,2
your sleepiness now
Work shifts or a non-traditional schedule? Can’t stay awake at work?
to Improved Wakefulness is a simple 3-step guide to talking to your doctor
about getting help for ES due to SWD. If you work shifts and are excessively sleepy
on the job, complete
Your Sleepiness Report and find out if NUVIGIL could be right for you.
While NUVIGIL is used to improve wakefulness in patients with ES due to SWD, treated
OSA, or narcolepsy, it is not used to treat the sleep disorders themselves or their
other symptoms or consequences.
What can you do to help manage your excessive sleepiness on your own?
Although you should talk to your doctor immediately if you are concerned about your
excessive sleepiness, there are some things you can do on your own to help:
- Avoid caffeinated foods and beverages before bedtime
- Turn on bright lights to help diminish drowsiness when you need to be awake
- Eliminate noise and light from your sleep area
- Try to stick to your sleep and wake schedule, even on days when you are not working
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep
- Take naps when necessary
Visit the Patient
Resource Center for other tips and resources on how to stay awake, including:
- Helpful resources and links
- Interactive tests to measure your level of sleepiness
- Important phone numbers
- Online communities and forums