Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing in NYC

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If you believe you may be suffering from a sleep-related problem, the first step to improving your sleep health and quality of life is undergoing a sleep evaluation with a board certified sleep specialist. To learn more about sleep disorders or to schedule a home sleep study with eos sleep diagnostics in NYC, call 212.752.4345 or fill out the form on this page to request an appointment.

What is an MWT?

The maintenance of wakefulness test (MWT) is a test that is used to determine a person’s ability to remain awake when placed in an environment that is conducive to sleep. Similar to a multiple sleep latency test, or an MSLT, this testing is done as a series of 4-5 tests throughout the day. The MWT is often used to help identify an individual’s ability to remain awake in critical situations and to assess your treatment progression for sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or narcolepsy.

Why is an MWT used?

You may benefit from undergoing an MWT if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder:

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Excessive snoring
  • Problems sleeping at night
  • Problems sleeping during the day

What does maintenance of wakefulness testing involve?

An MWT can be done at eos sleep diagnostics’ NYC sleep lab, which is a state-of-the-art facility offering a wide range of sleep testing. The test itself is done through a series of testing sessions throughout the day, each challenging the individual’s ability to remain awake while lying in a dark room. The patient is completely comfortable during the testing, which provides vital data about his/her ability to remain awake during important tasks during the day as well as in critical situations.

What are the benefits of undergoing maintenance of wakefulness testing?

Undergoing an MWT provides the following benefits:

  • Identifies patient’s ability to maintain wakefulness throughout the day
  • Indicates possibility of sleep disorders
  • Measures progression of sleep disorder treatments
  • Can be done in one day
  • Is completely comfortable and requires no special preparation


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