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Sleep disorder clinic
We offer rapid assessment, diagnosis and tailored therapy for a full range of respiratory and intrinsic sleep disorders, from troublesome snoring to sleep apnoea, narcolepsy to parasomnias.
At the Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep, we’ve treated patients with sleep disorders for over 20 years. We are now one of the largest sleep centres in Europe.
Causes and symptoms of sleep disorders
There 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.
Which 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)
- restless leg syndrome (jumpy, painful legs)
- REM sleep behaviour disorder (nightmares and acting out of dreams)
- idiopathic hypersomnia (chronic excessive daytime sleepiness)
- parasomnias (sleep walking, talking, nightmares, sexsomnia)
- circadian disorders (disruption of the body clock – jet lag, shift work etc)
- difficulties with sleep initiation and maintenance.
Our sleep disorder clinic offers:
- private sleep service at both Royal Brompton Hospital and 77 Wimpole Street
- home sleep studies and home set-up on CPAP therapy
- inpatient sleep studies in dedicated Centre for Sleep, if more detailed/complex studies are required
- respiratory sleep studies and full polysomnography
- highly experienced support team
- access to latest CPAP devices and masks
- latest telemonitoring equipment to enable rapid resolution of problems with CPAP therapy and improve compliance with treatment, without the need to attend clinic in person
- cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia, with fully personalised sleep programmes.
Diagnosis of sleep disorders
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.
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 you can then 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. A nurse will be on hand during your sleep study.
All studies are completely painless and most people are able to enjoy a normal night’s sleep.
Please note that this is based on a typical sleep study and may vary for individual circumstances.
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.
Our sleep experts
We have a specialist team of academic sleep clinicians, physiologist, sleep technicians, polysomnographers and nurses who care for individuals with sleep problems. Take a look at our consultant profiles:
- Dr Alanna Hare – Consultant physician in respiratory and sleep medicine
- Professor Michael Polkey – Consultant respiratory physician
- Dr Matthew Hind – Consultant respiratory physician
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.
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