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Sleep Center

  • A good night's sleep is closer than you think

    More than one out of four people experience sleep problems, at some time in their lives.

    Snoring, sleep apnea, restless limbs, daytime drowsiness and other sleep disorder can be treated at the River Falls Area Hospital Sleep Center.

    • Sleep testing is done in a private, comfortable room with a Sleep Number™ bed, private phone, bathroom and shower facilities.
    • The Sleep Center is staffed by registered sleep technologists and respiratory therapists.
    • All sleep study results are interpreted by a physician specializing in sleep medicine.
    • Follow-up care is provided by a sleep specialist.
  • Sleep Center photo tour

    The tour includes how to get to the Sleep Center, as well as a glimpse into what to expect during a sleep study  and what the sleeping rooms look like.

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    Welcome to the River Falls Area Hospital and our sleep lab. When you're ready to come to the River Falls Area Hospital for your sleep study, please enter the building through the front entrance. Bring any items you need to help you sleep comfortably.  When you enter through the front door, please proceed straight ahead to patient registration. Here they will register you and escort you back to the sleep lab area. Our sleep study rooms have Sleep Number™ Beds, a private bathroom with shower and other amenities, such as a flat screen tv, to provide you a comfortable night's rest. You will meet with a registered sleep lab technologist and be escorted to one of two sleep study rooms. The registered technologist will explain how to prepare for the sleep study and what to expect on your overnight stay. Once you've changed into your sleeping attire, the registered sleep technologist will begin the process of attaching the electrical leads that will monitor your sleep patterns. A total of 28 leads will be attached to your upper body. Once you've fallen asleep, the registered sleep technologist will monitor your sleep patterns in an adjacent room over the next several hours. The technologist will monitor your brain waves, eye movements, air flow, snoring, breathing effort, leg movements, heart rate and oxygen levels. If the sleep technologist sees that you meet the criteria for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), you will be woken up and fitted with a CPAP mask. Once you've fallen back to sleep, the technologist will monitor your sleep patterns and make adjustments as needed. If you do not meet the criteria, you will sleep through the night without interruption. If you met the criteria for a CPAP machine, you will meet with the respiratory therapist in the morning to determine which CPAP machine will work best for you as there are many different styles. The respiratory therapist will then review how the machine works in detail prior to your departure.