Sleep Disorder Clinic

At the Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep, we have been assessing and caring for patients with sleep disorders for over 20 years and are now one of the largest sleep centres in Europe.

We offer rapid assessment, diagnosis and tailored therapy for a full range of respiratory and intrinsic sleep disorders.

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Helping You get a Restful Night’s Sleep

SLEEP CLINIC ARTICLEThere are many types of common and complex sleep disorders, from troublesome snoring to sleep apnoea, narcolepsy to parasomnias.

Lack of sleep not only adversely affects daytime activities due to lack of concentration, low mood and irritability, but can also damage our health. Sleep apnoea, for example, can increase the risk of high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, stroke and heart attack.

We treat all sleep disorders, but most commonly sleep apnoea. This condition causes interrupted breathing during sleep and it is frequently linked to obesity, unhealthy lifestyle choices and diabetes.

In patients with chronic sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, our specialists create tailored programmes of care to reduce symptoms and significantly improve quality of life.

What Happens at an Assessment?

You will attend an initial appointment with one of our consultants to confirm diagnosis and review all options for treatment. Your consultant may recommend that you undergo a sleep study. This will help us to better understand your condition and how this affects your sleeping patterns.

What Happens During a Sleep Study?

The most common kind of sleep study is called a ‘screening study’. During this study, we make overnight recordings of:

  • Your oxygen levels (by attaching a small clip to your finger)
  • Your breathing (by taping a small sensor between your nose and upper lip)
  • The movements of your chest and abdomen (velcro straps are used to hold small sensors in place).

Our technicians will attach the sensors to you before 10pm, and then you can go to sleep whenever you wish. While you are asleep, the sensors will send information to a computer about your breathing patterns and oxygen levels. If you have a chest problem, we will record your oxygen level using a finger clip and your carbon dioxide level using a sensor pad strapped to your forearm. All studies are completely painless and most people are able to enjoy a normal night’s sleep. A nurse will be on hand during your sleep study.

Please note that this is based on a typical sleep study and may vary for individual circumstances.

What Sleep Disorders can be Treated?

Our specialist consultants treat a range of sleep disorders, including:

  • Troublesome snoring
  • Sleep Apnoea (interrupted breathing during sleep)
  • Narcolepsy (where a person suddenly falls asleep at inappropriate times)
  • Rest less leg syndrome (jumpy, painful legs)
  • REM sleep behaviour disorder (nightmares and acting out dreams)
  • Idiopathic hypersomnia (chronic excessive daytime sleepiness)
  • Parasomnias (sleep walking, talking, nightmares, sexsomnia)
  • Circadian disorders (disruption of the body clock eg from jet lag, shift work)
  • Difficulties with sleep initiation and maintenance

Our Experts

We have a specialist team of academic sleep clinicians, physiologists, sleep technicians, polysomnographers and nurses who care for individuals with sleep problems. Take a look at our consultant profiles:


Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care accepts referrals from:

  • general practitioners
  • self-referrals where the patient is self-funding, covered by private medical insurance or sponsored by their embassy.


Initial assessment with one of our sleep consultants to determine care, diagnosis and treatment costs from £250. Please note, additional treatment and equipment costs vary.

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For current patients who want to order replacement sleep equipment, please call 020 3131 5142.