Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep
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:
Why is it important to diagnose and treat sleep disorders?
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 new 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)
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 or mandibular advancement splint.
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). At Royal Brompton, we pioneered the use of non-invasive ventilation in adults and children with nocturnal hypoventilation, and have over 1,600 adults and children using small portable ventilators at home.
This therapy has revolutionised the outcome in these conditions by considerably extended 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.
Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep postcard map - designed by Steven Appleby
You can find Royal Brompton Centre for Sleep using Google Maps.