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Respir Care Clin N Am. 2006 Mar;12(1):17-22, viii.

Multiple sleep latency test and maintenance of wakefulness test.

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  • 1Sleep Disorders Center, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, 1400 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80206, USA.


In addition to overnight polysomnography, there are two special tests with which every sleep technologist should be familiar: the multiple sleep latency test and the maintenance of wakefulness test. These two tests classify excessive daytime sleepiness using objective data. The role of the sleep technologist is to understand and perform an accurate test so that sleep clinicians can use that data in diagnosing and treating their patients. This article provides step-by-step directions for performing these tests.

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