Sleep services

About

Our sleep service provides a comprehensive assessment of patients with a range of sleep disorders that are causing problems with daytime sleepiness.

We have two specialist sleep consultants, who can see new patients at Charing Cross Hospital, who offer specialist diagnostic sleep studies and treatment in our purpose-built sleep centre.

Follow up appointments for continuous positive airway pressure treatment (CPAP) can also be arranged at St Mary's Hospital. 

Conditions and treatments

Common disorders of sleep that we diagnose and treat include:

  • obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome
  • nocturnal hypoventilation
  • restless legs syndrome
  • periodic limb movement disorder
  • circadian rhythm disorders
  • narcolepsy
  • rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder
  • parasomnias

A variety of treatments are available depending on the nature and severity of the sleep disorder diagnosed. In some cases, particularly if the sleep disorder is mild, changes in lifestyle may be all that is required to improve the problem. We may advise treatments such as weight loss, changing the environment you sleep in ('sleep hygiene') or changing the position in which you sleep.

In the case of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea hypopnoea syndrome, CPAP may be recommended. Patients can usually be started on CPAP treatment, if required, the morning after their diagnostic sleep study and receive long-term follow-up and support from the scientific staff at the sleep centre.

If narcolepsy or narcolepsy with cataplexy are diagnosed, the use of specialist medications in combination with lifestyle changes may be required.

Diagnostic sleep studies offered by our service

  • respiratory polygraphy
  • transcutaneous pco2
  • polysomnography
  • multiple sleep latency test
  • maintenance of wakefulness test
  • oxford sleep resistance (OSLER) test
  • actigraphy

The sleep service originated from a research laboratory with a long-established history of research in the control of breathing during sleep. The service achieved special commendation at the BTS Silver Jubilee Awards in 2007 and won an Acorn award for clinical engagement in 2008.

Additional information

At the present time we are not funded for an insomnia service.

If you have a query about the sleep centre at Charing Cross Hospital you can contact us by phoning 020 3311 7188.


Contact

Outpatients appointments
020 3313 5000