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Pediatric Daytime Sleepiness Scale (PDSS)


Consisting of 8 questions, the scale is designed as a brief measure for evaluating subjective experiences of daytime sleepiness in young students. While no time reference is specifically identified by the questionnaire, items query feelings of drowsiness in a variety of settings over the course of the day. The measure was initially designed to be used in research, but may also possess clinical and screening utility.


  • Pediatric Daytime Sleepiness Scale (PDSS)
  • Screening Utility
  • Reference Time
  • Young Students
  • Sleep Medicine

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Representative Studies Using Scale

  • Beebe, D. W., Lewin, D., Zeller, M., McCabe, M., MacLeod, K., Daniels, S. R., & Amin, R. (2007). Sleep in overweight adolescents: shorter sleep, poorer sleep quality, sleepiness, and sleep-disordered breathing. Journal of Pediatric Psychiatry, 32(1), 69–79.

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  • Perez-Chada, D., Perez-Lloret, S., Videla, A. J., Cardinali, D., Bergna, M. A., Fernándaz-Acquier, M., Larrateguy, L., Zabert, G. E., & Drake, C. (2007). Sleep disordered breathing and daytime sleepiness are associated with poor academic performance in teenagers. A study using the pediatric daytime sleepiness scale (PDSS). Sleep, 30(12), 1698–1703.

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Shahid, A., Wilkinson, K., Marcu, S., Shapiro, C.M. (2011). Pediatric Daytime Sleepiness Scale (PDSS). In: Shahid, A., Wilkinson, K., Marcu, S., Shapiro, C. (eds) STOP, THAT and One Hundred Other Sleep Scales. Springer, New York, NY.

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