Athens Insomnia Scale

InsomniaIt is a paper and pen(pencil) form that takes just about 3-5 minutes to complete and is a validated measure of the severity of insomnia as reported by the patient.

What it measures?

It has a series of 8 questions as noted below rated from no problem to very significant problem that measures things like sleep onset, awakenings, total sleep duration, quality of sleep, sense of well being, function during the day as well as sleepiness during the day.

Validation in studies

It has been validated in research studies to be an accurate measure of the subjective sleepiness in patients.

What score is used as a cut of measure for insomnia?

A cut-off score of ≥6 on the AIS is used to establish the diagnosis of insomnia

Athens insomnia scale – questions

1. SLEEP INDUCTION (time it takes you to fall asleep after turning-off the lights)
0 No problem
1 Slightly delayed
2 Markedly delayed
3 Very delayed or did not sleep at all

2. AWAKENINGS DURING THE NIGHT
0 No problem
1 Minor problem
2 Considerable problem
3 Serious problem or did not sleep at all

3. FINAL AWAKENING EARLIER THAN DESIRED
0 Not earlier
1 A little earlier
2 Markedly earlier
3 Much earlier or did not sleep at all

4. TOTAL SLEEP DURATION
0 Sufficient
1 Slightly insufficient
2 Markedly insufficient
3 Very insufficient or did not sleep at all

5. OVERALL QUALITY OF SLEEP (no matter how long you slept)
0 Satisfactory
1 Slightly unsatisfactory
2 Markedly unsatisfactory
3 Very unsatisfactory or did not sleep at all

6. SENSE OF WELL-BEING DURING THE DAY
0 Normal
1 Slightly decreased
2 Markedly decreased
3 Very decreased

7. FUNCTIONING (PHYSICAL AND MENTAL) DURING THE DAY
0 Normal
1 Slightly decreased
2 Markedly decreased
3 Very decreased

8. SLEEPINESS DURING THE DAY
0 None
1 Mild
2 Considerable
3 Intense

A score of 6 or more is considered significant and is used as a measure to diagnose insomnia

External links

Wikipedia Athens Insomnia Scale

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