The UCHealth Sleep Lab in Steamboat Springs monitors your sleep overnight. An in-lab sleep study provides our board-certified sleep medicine physician with the most complete evaluation of your sleep. It records your brain waves, heartbeats and breathing as you sleep. It also charts your eye movements, limb movements and oxygen in your blood. You will be required to stay overnight at a sleep center. This comprehensive testing can identify the causes of poor sleep, ranging from obstructive sleep apnea to narcolepsy and other disorders.
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may choose a Home Sleep Test (HST). You will be given equipment and instructions on set-up and sent home to sleep in your own bed. This test is not as comprehensive as the in-lab test, but it is able to diagnose and treat some sleep disorders.
Altitude can exaggerate some sleep disorders, so it’s recommended to have your sleep tested at an altitude close to where you live.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines are used for the treatment of sleep apnea and snoring. These machines must be used properly for the most effective results.
The CPAP clinic consists of individual sessions with our techs/therapists to help patients understand the proper use of the equipment and increase CPAP compliance and utilization.
A physician referral is required to be scheduled in the CPAP clinic.