Sleep Center Patient Information


Parkview Medical Center: Valet parking is provided for Sleep Lab patients. Drive up to the Emergency Room Entrance and your car will be parked for you.

The best access from the interstate is to take the 13th Street exit. Go West on 13th about 5 blocks to Grand. Take a right, and go North just over 2 blocks. The lot is on the left. Park in the first row near the street. Enter the Emergency lobby through the sliding doors. Check in at the counter and a Sleep Tech will come and escort you to the Sleep Lab.

General Information

A sleep study is also called a Polysomnogram. This test will determine what type of sleep problems you have, and find out the best treatment to give you back restful sleep.

You will be scheduled to check in at 7:00 pm the day of your appointment. Please call us if you need to come in late so we can still expect you. If you do not arrive by 9:00pm you will need to reschedule.

Test Procedure

The Technician will show you to your room and explain the test to you. You will then be given time to change clothes and then several wires will be taped or glued to your skin. These wires allow us to monitor you during sleep. They do not prevent you from movement, and are not uncomfortable or painful. You may then watch TV or read until sleepy. Most people get to sleep between 10 and 11 pm. You will be awakened about 6:00 - 6:30 am and allowed to shower, dress and leave at that time. If you need to get up earlier for work, let the technician know.

Reminders for Participants

  • Please try to not drink coffee, tea or colas with caffeine anytime after 7:00 pm the day of the test.
  • Avoid smoking after 7:00 pm as well. There is NO Smoking in the hospital or the test area.
  • Continue taking prescription medications as normal. If you take medications at bedtime, bring them with you.
  • Eat a normal meal before coming into the lab.
  • Please shower and wash your hair before coming. Do not use hair oils or oily sprays. We need clean, oil free skin and scalp to insure that the sensors will stick to your skin.
  • Men: Bring a T-shirt and either pajama bottoms or gym shorts.
  • Women: Bring men's style pajamas, sweat pants or shorts for bottoms. A T-shirt or pajama top will work for a top. Nightgowns are unacceptable because sensor wires get tangled.
  • You may bring snacks, reading material, your own pillow if desired. If you plan to shave and shower in the morning, bring fresh clothing and your own soap, razor, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • We don't have accommodations for visitors or family members to stay during the night. We request that they remain at home or make other arrangements. Motel 6, Super 8 and others are located along Hwy 50 West and North Elizabeth.
  • We do have a recliner available for a parent to stay in the room if we are testing a child.

MSLT or Nap Study

You may be scheduled to stay an extra day for an additional test called an MSLT or Nap Study.

The MSLT is used to determine the amount of daytime sleepiness at 4 to 5 times through the day. You will be monitored for 30 minute naps beginning around 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm.

You are free to read, watch TV, work on projects or walk around the hospital grounds between naps. Bring comfortable clothes to wear during the day.

Parkview Sleep Center

Phone: 719.288.2191
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday - Friday

Jeannette Roberts

Sleep Center Program Coordinator