EVALUATING EXCESSIVE DAYTIME SLEEPINESS (EDS)
A multiple sleep latency test (MSLT) is a diagnostic exam that allows our sleep disorder specialists to evaluate excessive daytime sleepiness. Specifically, the “nap test” evaluates patients for suspected narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. However, unlike an overnight sleep study, this sleep test takes place during the day and evaluates a person while napping.
The sleep latency test can be appropriate for both adult and pediatric sleep studies. However, children under the age of five are expected to nap. This often makes MSLTs challenging to perform and less likely to yield accurate results.
Generally, sleep specialists perform an overnight sleep study first, known as a polysomnogram (PSG). During the following day, the patient undergoes a series of nap tests separated by breaks. During each nap trial, sensors record information such as brain wave activity, muscle contractions, eye movements, and heart rate.
How We Can Help
Sleep Dynamics is a leading provider of diagnostic services in both Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey, including the multiple sleep latency test. If you have a testing referral, or a suspected sleep disorder, give us a call today at (848) 217-0240 to discuss your options.