B: Bedtime
E: Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
A: Awakening During the Night
R: Regularity and Duration of Sleep
S: Snoring

Ask yourself these questions:

B – Bedtime
• Does my child have trouble going to bed or trouble falling asleep?

E – Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
• Is my child difficult to awaken in the morning?
• Does my child seem sleepy or groggy during the day?
• Does my child seem tired during the day? (In children, tired may mean moody, hyperactive, “out of it”, as well as sleepy)

A – Awakening During the Night
• Does my child awaken during the night and have trouble going back to sleep?
• Is anything else interrupting my child’s sleep?

R – Regularity and Duration of Sleep
• How many hours of sleep does my child need at this age?
• What time does my child go to bed and get up on weekdays? On weekends?
• Does this allow my child to get enough sleep every day?

S – Snoring
• Does my child snore? Loudly? Every night?
• Does my child stop breathing, gasp or choke during sleep?
Other questions to consider:
• How restorative or restful is your child’s sleep?
• What is the quality of life because of the sleep problem that affects your child?
A “yes” answer to any of these questions may indicate your child has a sleep problem to discuss with his/her pediatrician or a pediatric sleep specialist.

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Sleep Screening Tool

  • Epworth Sleepiness Scale

    Use the following scale to choose the most appropriate number for each situation. Even if you have not done some of these things recently, please try to choose a rating for how they would have affected you.

    0 = would never fall asleep
    1 = slight chance of falling asleep
    2 = moderate chance of falling asleep
    3 = high chance of falling asleep
    Each of the eight situations is scored from 0-3. The total of these figures is the final score. According to research, snorers who show no significant obstructive sleep apnea socre an average of 6.5. Those with significant OSA scored an average of 10 or greater.
  • Sleep Apnea Questionnaire

  • An answer of Yes to 2 or more of the Sleep Apnea questions should be discussed with your physician regarding the potential need for a sleep study.