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MWT

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 8:46 am
by sleepyeddy
Hi!
I have a question regarding MWT:
Do the patients have to sit up in bed or can they sit on a chair?

Re: MWT

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:11 pm
by somnonaut
"The subject should be seated in bed, with the back and head supported by a bedrest (bolster pillow) such that the neck is not uncomfortably flexed or extended."
Pg 8 ("120"

Re: MWT

PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2019 7:15 pm
by somnonaut

Re: MWT

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 12:01 am
by SCNVsleep
Every single MWT I have done has been done wrong apparently.

I have always had them in a chair. And I have read and re-read and re-read that position paper. Never caught the MWT being in bed

Re: MWT

PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:19 am
by sleepyeddy
Thank you for your replies.
Don't want to be difficult but really what's the difference?
We do most of our MWTs for patients who need to get a driving licence for heavy trucks/taxis/coaches or private vehicle drivers with chronic illnesses. I think sitting in a chair mimics the car situation better than sitting up in bed or is the "reason" they have to sit on a bed is because we want them in a position which will more likely catch them falling asleep?

Re: MWT

PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2019 1:50 pm
by somnonaut
The issue the MWT is testing is, with overwhelming factors contributing to sleep onset how well is the person able to remain awake. The factors include: having enough sleep on the previous night, No stimulants, darkened room, quiet room, and a sleep surface conducive to sleep. A chair may not pose a suitable surface.