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Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep

Sleep disorder diagnosis

Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep reception area
All artworks in the centre created by Steven Appleby

We have been diagnosing and treating adult patients with sleep disorders for over 20 years at Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Our service for sleep-related problems is one of the largest in Europe. 

Royal Brompton Hospital has an international reputation for its work with patients experiencing sleep disorders, and for its pioneering work in domiciliary ventilation (providing respiratory support at home).

The centre is led by consultant in respiratory medicine Professor Anita Simonds.

The Trust also has a children's sleep and ventilation unit for carrying out sleep studies for children

What we do

Our specialist team cares for patients with problems related to:

  • Troublesome snoring

  • Narcolepsy

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • REM sleep behaviour disorder

  • Idiopathic hypersomnia

  • Parasomnias

  • Circadian disorders

  • Difficulties with going to sleep and staying asleep

Why is it important to diagnose and treat sleep disorders?

Bedroom 4 - Centre for Sleep
Sleep is vital to our health and quality of life, yet up to one in four people in the UK has a sleep disorder. 

For many, this means excessive tiredness during the day, which can affect concentration, work and family life. In others, sleep is simply unrefreshing.


Importantly, some disorders in which sleep is disrupted by breathing irregularities (apnoeas) are associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke, and affect work performance and memory.


Sleep facilities in our centre for sleep are state-of-the-art and all studies are analysed by our highly experienced team. After an individual consultation, we offer a range of diagnostic studies including:

  • Respiratory sleep studies

  • Detailed polysomnography studies

  • Assessment of sleepiness (multiple sleep latency test, Osler wake test)

  • Sleep-wake activity levels (actigraphy)

  • Home studies

Clinic 3 - Centre for Sleep


After diagnosis, we will suggest treatment that best suits the individual patient. This may include lifestyle changes, medication, or treatment with equipment such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.


We work closely with colleagues (ear, nose and throat surgeons) to assess upper airway problems and how these can be resolved in patients who snore.

Home non-invasive ventilation

The specialist facilities enable the team at Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep in diagnosing sleep disorders in patients with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), cystic fibrosis, curvature of the spine and neuromuscular disorders (e.g. muscular dystrophy and motor neurone disease). 


Many patients with these conditions develop under-breathing during sleep, which is associated with high levels of carbon dioxide in the blood (nocturnal hypoventilation). Clinicians at Royal Brompton Hospital pioneered the use of non-invasive ventilation in adults and children with nocturnal hypoventilation. The hospital now cares for more than 1,600 adults and children using small portable ventilators at home.


This therapy has revolutionised the outcome in these conditions by considerably extending life expectancy and quality of life for these patients.

How to find the sleep centre

The Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep is in the Old Fire Station building, which is in South Parade.


You can click on the postcard map below to enlarge the image.

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Sleep centre map
Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep postcard map - designed by Steven Appleby

You can find Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep using Google Maps.

Royal Brompton

Sydney Street,
London SW3 6NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7352 8121


Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep

The Old Fire Station

South Parade 

Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep is located in the Old Fire Station building
Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep is located in the Old Fire Station building
Watch a short video about Trust research into sleep and ventilation being carried out at the Centre for Sleep