Helping you get a restful night’s sleep
There are many types of sleep disorders, from troublesome snoring to sleep apnoea, narcolepsy and parasomnias.
Lack of sleep not only adversely affects daytime activities due to trouble concentrating, low mood and irritability, but it 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 a sleep assessment?
At the Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep, we have assessed and cared for patients with sleep disorders for over 20 years. We are now one of the largest sleep centres in Europe.
As part of your assessment, you will attend an initial appointment with one of our consultants to confirm your diagnosis and review all options for treatment.
Your consultant may recommend that you undergo a sleep study (see below for details). This will help us to better understand your condition and how it 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 team 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 it may vary for individual circumstances.
Which sleep disorders can be treated?
Our specialists treat a range of sleep disorders, including:
- troublesome snoring
- sleep apnoea - interrupted breathing during sleep
- insomnia - difficulties with sleep initiation and maintenance
- narcolepsy - where a person suddenly falls asleep at inappropriate times
- restless 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).
Our sleep experts
Our specialist team care for individuals with sleep problems, and include academic sleep clinicians, physiologists, sleep technicians, polysomnographers and nurses.
Consultants who treat private patients with sleep disorders include:
- Dr Alanna Hare - Consultant in sleep and respiratory medicine
- Dr Matthew Hind - Consultant respiratory physician
- Professor Michael Polkey - Consultant respiratory physician.
Referrals to our sleep disorder clinic
We accept referrals from:
- general practitioners
- self-referrals where the patient is self-funding, covered by private medical insurance or sponsored by their embassy.
An initial assessment with one of our sleep consultants to determine care, diagnosis and treatment start from £250. Please note, additional treatment and equipment costs vary.
Contact us to book an appointment or find out more about this service.