I need an oximetry test. (A what test?)…

Laura Stack @ The Productivity Pro Blog wrote an post titled “Sleep Your Way to a Productive Day!”  The post included a quiz to determine “how sleepy you are” and what you can do about it.  Good post.  I’m part way home on recommendations (light meals [no donuts], no alcohol, TV off) but a long way from home.  (Note to Self: Read. Re-Read. Digest. Do.) 

Here’s the quiz.  Don’t ask my score.  Based on results, I need an oximetry test and probably a battery of other tests.  (I had to look up “oximetry” in Webster’s).  How did you score? Any additional advice for those insomniacs among us?  All tips are welcome.

  1. Do you get sleepy while at your desk during the day?
  2. Do you consistently get grumpy or feel low?
  3. Do you need an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning?
  4. Do you hit an afternoon “slump” after you eat?
  5. If you were a passenger in a car for an hour during the day, would you nod off if you didn’t take a break?
  6. Would you fall asleep if you sat quietly and read during the day?
  7. Are you likely to doze off while watching TV during the day?
  8. Do you get fewer than six hours of sleep at night?

Total number of “yes” answers: _______

Check your score to see how sleepy you are:

  • 1 – 3 Congratulations, you are getting enough sleep!
  • 4 – 5 You are sleep deprived.
  • 6 and up Seek the advice of a sleep specialist!

If your score is 6 or higher, you might want to consider having your primary care physician order an oximetry test on you, just to rule out a more serious problem.

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  1. I have failed miserably…and given that my sleep habits are more like dozing intervals, I can offer little but my confidence that you can do anything – including sleep! Happy snoozing!


  2. Actually I scored 1 ! Surprisingly!


  3. I am blessed in this regard–have *never* had any problem sleeping. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I think the exercise really helps and I try to keep a regular routine of when I turn in and when I get up. I also avail myself of the flexibility inherent in being self-employed and oftentimes take a little 20-25 minute “disco nap” in the afternoon. I find that this brief respite is very refreshing. Hope you’re able to get the better of the problem, David. Being tired all the time is no fun–learned that when housebreaking our puppy a few months back. 😉


  4. Thanks Terry


  5. Ever had a sleep test? I found I had apnea. How bad is it when you can’t even sleep right? Bad…


  6. btw, thanks for adding me to your blogroll. That’s pretty amazing company!


  7. lkanigan says:

    Can’t even make it o 5:30am so you know what my score is and now I have to look up oximetry!!


  8. I am doing okay, thanks for the test


  9. Well I certainly learned a new word today. Now to use it in a sentence….


  10. LaDona's Music Studio says:

    I’m there with Lori – exercising has probably helped more than anything else. I still have some bad nights and then that “disco nap” works for me, too (again, self-employed) – but overall I’m on the lower end of the score.
    Glad to read you went out for a run the other day for the first time in months. All the best with this.


  11. Ah, finally a test I can pass!


  12. And I am here leaving a comment instead of sleeping. Irony!


  13. Only No. 6 on a Sunday afternoon!


  14. Well, David, with only 1 yes (even that occasionally), I guess I am getting plenty of sleep at night! Hooray, thanks for sharing this guideline!


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