ASSESSMENT TOOLS & CALCULATORS
Epworth Sleepiness Scale: This tool uses your degree of sleepiness in different circumstances in order to measure your risk of having a sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and sleep apnea can affect one’s quality of life and quality of sleep and predispose one to all sorts of other problems. Both these conditions can be dangerous in and of themselves, but also speak to and/or impact on the quality of sleep being obtained during normal sleep hours. Sleep disorders can increase levels of anxiety, stress and depression, impact on our ability to recover from exercise, compromise our immune system and impact on our ability to process life events. They also compromise our ability to think clearly and remember things, and current research even correlates them with chronic neurological conditions such as Alzheimers. Sleep apnea is also a risk factor for a number of other conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, cardiac problems and liver disease. This tool uses your degree of sleepiness in different circumstances in order to measure your risk of having a sleep disorder. This will allow you to engage with a doctor to work out what kind of sleep problem you have. In the case of narcolepsy, a specialist can help you to adjust your lifestyle to best manage this problem. If the cause turns out to be sleep apnea or something completely different like chronic fatigue you can then be referred to the correct specialist to provide medication or supplement, and/or psychological help to resolve personal problems or make lifestyle changes such as increased exercise, more sunlight and less digital screen time before bed.
Disclaimer: Please note that none of these wellness tools or assessments are designed to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition. ALWAYS consult with the correct healthcare practitioner before taking new supplements or medications, and before making any lifestyle changes such as alterations to your diet or exercise schedule. There is no substitute for one-on-one consultations with qualified healthcare practitioners. If any action is considered based on these tools it should be merely to help you decide to take the necessary step to contact your doctor or another healthcare practitioner in order to get an accurate diagnosis and/or treatment plan.
MORE ASSESSMENT TOOLS & CALCULATORS
Wender Utah ADHD Rating Scale: This assessment helps adults to diagnose ADHD in themselves based on symptoms that they experienced as a child.
Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A): This tool helps you to measure your anxiety levels and gauges how anxious you are. People with high anxiety might often benefit from seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist.
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