Test–retest reliability of two consecutive mean sleep latency tests in patients with hypersomnia

Younghoon Kwon, Louis Kazaglis, Yeilim Cho, Michael J. Howell, Mark W. Mahowald

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Reliability of mean sleep latency testing (MSLT) over consecutive days in patients with hypersomnia is unknown. We reviewed MSLTs of patients with hypersomnia without cataplexy who underwent our two consecutive MSLT protocol (N = 29). Average MSLs were 10.9 and 10.9 min for day 1 and 2, respectively. Agreement for pathological hypersomnia (defined as MSL ≤8 min) between MSLT days showed k = 0.85 for all (N = 29) and k = 0.76 for those without sleep apnea (N = 20). In patients with subjective complaints of hypersomnia, a single MSLT is sufficient (vs. addition of second day MSLT) in the setting of carefully implemented protocol controlling for potential confounding variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-339
Number of pages3
JournalSleep and Biological Rhythms
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This work was partly supported by National Institutes of Health Grant T32 HL0 69764, granted to Dr. Kwon.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Japanese Society of Sleep Research.


  • Hypersomnia
  • Mean sleep latency test
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep disorder

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