Alaska Sleep Education Center

What is a Maintenance of Wakefulness Test ?

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Aug 14, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It may sound a little strange to hear, but not all sleep tests conducted at sleep clinics monitor you as you sleep. One of the tests you may be asked to take is called an MWT, or Maintenance of Wakefulness Test.

While most tests are designed to diagnose sleep disorders during sleep (polysomnogram), monitor how quickly patients fall asleep (MSLT), or to calibrate CPAP machines (CPAP titration) after breathing disorders are diagnosed, the maintenance of wakefulness test is intended to challenge patients to attempt to stay awake during periodic trials. 

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Topics: sleep study, sleep problems

Dorm Sleeping: Advice for the College Student

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Jul 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

For 18 years, your parents created structure. There was a consistent dinner time, bedtime, and wake up time. The refrigerator maybe even had a color-coded list showing who in the house had what activity at what time and in what location.

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Topics: sleep study, losing sleep, sleep hygiene

Feeling anxious? Tips on how to prepare for an in-lab sleep study

Posted by Julia Higginson on Aug 1, 2017 4:58:26 PM

You may have many questions as you prepare for your upcoming in-lab sleep study. You may even feel a lot of pressure and anxiety over making sure you get the right results so you can get back to restful sleep.

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Topics: sleep study

In-Lab Sleep Study Versus Home Sleep Test

Posted by Rich Crane on Aug 19, 2016 1:00:00 AM


Sleep studies are the diagnostic tool used to identify sleep disorders.  These are performed under the care of sleep professionals in one of two settings: in-lab or a home sleep test.  There are pros and cons to each environment, but make no mistake.  Completing an in-lab study is proven to be much more effective and controlled than a home sleep test.

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Topics: alaska sleep clinic, sleep study, CPAP, home sleep test, cost of a sleep study, in-lab study

What Is A Sleep Study Like? A Personal Sleep Study Experience

Posted by Laci Michaud on Dec 9, 2015 4:58:48 PM

I LOVE TO SLEEP

Let me preface this by saying I love to sleep!  Love it. LOVE IT!  I look forward to going to sleep every single day. Ever since junior/senior high school I remember taking naps after school on the sofa with my dog.  I would sleep from about 3:30 p.m. till 5:00 p.m. or until my mom would come home and make me unload/load the dishwasher. Maybe that’s why I hate doing the dishes. NAPS > DISHES. 

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Topics: polysomnogram, sleep study

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