If you’re consistently tired or sluggish during the day, a multiple sleep latency test is a great way to figure out what’s behind your excessive daytime sleepiness. At the ApneCare Sleep Labs in Mesa, Arizona, and Bakersfield, California, you can take this first crucial diagnostic step in state-of-the-art facilities that feature the best in testing and comfort. To learn more, call or schedule a visit using the easy online booking tool.
A multiple sleep latency test is used to diagnose sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness by measuring how long it takes for you to fall asleep during the day. Often, a multiple sleep latency test is performed the day following your overnight sleep study, which provides your doctor with almost 24 hours of critical sleep data. Sometimes, however, the test is performed as a standalone.
The test takes 6-8 hours and takes place in a room designed to monitor you while you sleep. When you arrive, the sleep technician places electrodes on your body that measure:
As well, a video monitors your body’s movements.
Once you’re hooked up, it’s lights out while the equipment monitors how long it takes for you to fall asleep. After 15 minutes, the technician wakes you up. If you don’t fall asleep after 20 minutes, the trial may end or you may try again in a little while.
In most multiple sleep latency tests you are asked to sleep four or five times during your visit. Each time the process is the same, a technician shuts off the lights while you do your part — sleep.
At the end of the session, the ApneCare Sleep Lab specialist has the desired information and you’re free to go. Results are compiled and made available several days after the study.
A multiple sleep latency test is valuable in diagnosing a number of sleep disorders, including:
As well, doctors often turn to this test to determine whether treatments for a previously diagnosed sleep problem are working.
There’s very little you need to do in advance of your multiple sleep latency test. If you haven’t spent the night at ApneCare Sleep Lab and you’re coming from home, it’s important that you don’t drink any caffeinated beverages before your appointment, or take a nap.
Once you arrive at ApneCare Sleep Lab, the staff takes care of everything else and you can just sit back and relax, or, in this case, sleep.
If you need a multiple sleep latency test, call ApneCare Sleep Lab, or schedule a visit using the online booking tool.