SUSS: Substance Use Sleep Scale
What is SUSS?
The Substance Use Sleep Scale (SUSS) is the first sleep measure designed specifically for people experiencing problems with alcohol or other drugs. It comprises 23 questions and 2 domains:
1. “Mind and Body Sleep Problems” and 2. “Substance-Related Sleep Problems.”
SUSS was developed with significant input from people who use substances. It can be used by them to monitor and reflect on their own sleep; by treatment providers to encourage and enable people who use substances to think about sleep and identify strategies for improving sleep; and by researchers and others as an outcome measure when designing and implementing sleep interventions for people who use substances.
How to score SUSS
Scoring of SUSS is simple. Each question scores ‘0’ (if the response in ‘no’) or ‘1’ (if the response is ‘yes’). This means it is possible to score between 0 and 23 (where lower scores denote better sleep and higher scores denote worse sleep).
How to complete SUSS
Watch this video to see how to complete SUSS.
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The development and validation of SUSS was undertaken with financial support from Action on Addiction and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London, Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London.
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