A sleep study is an all-night study designed to retrieve vital information about your health. After a visit to Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung, your provider may schedule a sleep study to monitor and evaluate you during sleep.
If you are interested in scheduling a sleep study, first discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician, who can refer you to our center. If you do not have a primary care physician, please call Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung at (406) 257-8992 and we can schedule a consultation with one of our providers.
If you have questions about sleep disorders or sleep testing, you may call the Kalispell Regional Healthcare Sleep Center at (406) 257-8979 and speak with one of our experienced sleep technologists.
Please note: Sleep studies are only scheduled once you have seen one of the sleep providers at Rocky Mountain Heart & Lung. When you were scheduled for your sleep study, you should have received the sleep study do’s and don’ts as well as the cancellation policy. You may also find these documents below.
Do's and Don'ts for Your Sleep Study
Sleep Center Cancellation Policy
Preparing for Your Sleep Study
On the day of your appointment:
- Do not consume caffeine after 2 p.m.
- Do not consume any alcohol or take any naps.
- Continue your medications as ordered by your physician.
- Wash and dry your hair; do not use hair oils or sprays.
- For men: If you do not have a beard, please shave your chin.
- Bring completed questionnaires if these have not been returned previously.
- If you currently use CPAP, bring your CPAP mask and smartcard.
- If possible, please arrange for a family member or friend to drive you to and from the Sleep Center.
- Bring pajamas or loose clothes to sleep in.
- Bring personal care items, a pillow(s) if you choose, shaving equipment, toothbrush and toothpaste.
We provide a bed for sleeping with a toilet and shower facilities, as well as towels, washcloths and soap. Please be advised that the Sleep Center is a nonsmoking facility.
It takes a sleep technologist 45-60 minutes to attach small sensors to your head, chest, stomach and legs. No needles are used, and you will not experience any unusual discomfort. After the monitoring systems are in place, you have free time to read or watch TV until your normal bedtime. During the night you will be monitored by the technologist from an adjoining room.
The sleep technologist will wake you in time for you to depart by 7 a.m. Please arrange transportation to pick you up by 7 a.m.
Welcome to the Sleep Center
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are sleep studies important?
Sleep studies enable physicians to evaluate conditions that occur only during sleep and are not detectable during a regular office exam. Learn more at the National Sleep Foundation
Is there a television?
Yes, there is a television in each of the rooms. Watching TV just prior to sleep is considered poor sleep hygiene and is discouraged, but we know you watch TV in bed at home and we want you to be as comfortable as possible. The TV will have to be turned off when the sleep study begins.
Can I use the restroom during the night?
Yes, of course. All of the wires and sensors plug into a small portable box. During the study a single cable can be disconnected, so you can visit the restroom as often as needed.
Can I bring my own pillow or blanket?
Yes, we encourage you to bring your favorite blanket or pillow. If all it takes to make you feel a little more comfortable is to use your own pillow or blanket, then please do.