1. Medical Treatment
At the core of our expertise lies the scientific and
medical assessment and treatment of patients with sleep
disorders. Recent Clinical and Research findings suggest
a role for Brain Neuropeptides such as Orexin in the regulation
of Sleep, Activity and Wakefulness.
Our team of Specialist Consultant Doctors have collectively
more than 50 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment
of sleep and related medical disorders. Our doctors are
actively engaged in Teaching, Education and Research through
appointments at Kings College (London) and The Guy's, Kings
and St Thomas' (GKT) Medical School.
2. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
The role of psychological therapies in the treatment
of sleep disorders is well established as part of an integrated
treatment approach involving pharmacologic and psycho-social
Cognitive therapy involves identifying dysfunctional beliefs
and attitudes about sleep and replacing them with more adaptive
substitutes. For example, patients who believe that sleeping
8 hours per night is an absolute necessity to function during
the day are asked to question the evidence and their own
experience to see if this is true for them. Those who are
convinced that insomnia is destroying their ability to enjoy
life are encouraged to develop more adaptive coping skills
and to cease viewing themselves as victims. These attitudinal
changes often help to minimize anticipatory anxiety and
arousal that interfere with sleep.
Our sleep psychotherapists and psychologists have all the
necessary professional accreditation and experience to assist
the patient in overcoming the psychological and behavioural
aspects of sleep disorders.
Acupuncture is a discipline extracted from a complex
heritage of Chinese medicine-a tradition that also includes
massage and manipulation, stretching and breathing exercises.
In the early 1970s, widespread enthusiasm for acupuncture
was fuelled by reports from physician visitors to China,
who witnessed surgical analgesia using only acupuncture
needles. Respect for the technique grew in the medical and
scientific communities in the late1970s, when it was shown
that acupuncture analgesia was linked to the central nervous
system activities of endogenous peptides and biogenic amines.
Since the 1970s, guidelines for education, practice, and
regulation in acupuncture have been established and implemented
particularly in the United States of America. State, regional,
national, and international societies have evolved to represent
the interests of affinity groups of practitioners. There
is now a growing body of scientific evidence about the role
of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions
including Sleep Disorders. Acupuncture, which offers a personalized
treatment, is particularly indicated for re-harmonizing
a disturbed sleep-wake cycle.
Clinical Hypnotherapy has become a well established
mode of treatment for a variety of medical, psychological
and emotional disorders. There is a growing literature on
its efficacy in combination with pharmacologic interventions
in the treatment of sleep disorders in particular it is
valuable in the treatment of Insomnia, Parasomnias and Night