The following test is a rendition of The Maas Robbins Alertness Questionnaire, developed by sleep expert James B. Maas, PhD, a pioneer of sleep research and a recently retired professor at Cornell University.

Please indicate true or false for the following statements:

  1. I often need an alarm clock in order to wake up at the appropriate time.
  2. It's often a struggle for me to get out of bed in the morning.
  3. Weekday mornings I often hit the snooze bar several times.
  4. I often feel tired and stressed out during the week.
  5. I often feel moody and irritable, and little things upset me.
  6. I often have trouble concentrating and remembering.
  7. I often feel slow with critical thinking, problem solving and being creative.
  8. I need caffeine to get going in the morning or make it through the afternoon.
  9. I often wake up craving junk food, sugars and carbohydrates.
  10. I often fall asleep watching TV.
  11. I often fall asleep in boring meetings or lectures or in warm rooms.
  12. I often fall asleep after heavy meals or after a low dose of alcohol.
  13. I often fall asleep while relaxing after dinner.
  14. I often fall asleep within five minutes of getting into bed.
  15. I often feel drowsy while driving.
  16. I often sleep extra hours on the weekends.
  17. I often need a nap to get through the day.
  18. I have dark circles around my eyes.
  19. I fall asleep easily when watching a movie.
  20. I rely on energy drinks or over-the-counter medications to keep me awake.
If you answered “True” to four or more of these statements, consider yourself seriously sleep-deprived.
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