Sleep Consultations

What is included in a sleep consultation?

Our consultant sleep disorders specialist and neurologist is Dr Oliver Bernath. 

 

After a careful medical consultation and, if needed sleep and/or some blood tests, you may receive psychological, behavioural, and possibly pharmacological treatment to help you feel more refreshed, rested and sleep better.

 

We will start by offering you an initial in-person or virtual consultation, which would dive into the specific details of your sleep problems and define the goals for further assessment and treatment. It would include understanding your sleep-wake pattern and biorhythm, as well as exploring your overall well-being.

 

Based on your initial assessment and goals, some investigations may be required, such as blood tests and sleep tests.  We offer the full range of sleep testing, including overnight polysomnography. Most sleep tests would be performed at your home, you would not be required to come to a sleep laboratory.

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What does the treatment plan involve?

A personalised, tailored treatment plan would start with advice on good sleep hygiene and could include a range of psychological treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), as well as lifestyle modifications and bright light treatment. Medications may be recommended, which could include herbal and natural remedies, or prescription drugs. 

 

Your treatment plan would be coordinated with your other clinicians, as may be required.

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What are the fees for the sleep services?

The initial 50-minutes consultation would cost £450 with our consultant sleep disorders specialist and neurologist, Dr Oliver Bernath. Follow-up appointment would last for 30 minutes and get charged at £275. Dr Bernath offers in person, as well as virtual appointments. Any additional costs for tests and treatments would be discussed and planned with you individually. Please note we have a 72-hour cancellation policy for initial assessments. 

Frequently asked questions

You might choose to see a sleep specialist if you’re experiencing persistent issues like difficulties falling or staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, or abnormal behaviours during sleep. A sleep specialist can help diagnose any underlying causes, which could range from sleep apnea to insomnia or circadian rhythm disorders. Our expert, Dr. Oliver Bernath, a neurologist and sleep disorders specialist, will help address these issues through a detailed consultation and appropriate diagnostic tests.

Yes, we are equipped to handle a wide array of sleep disorders, including rare and complex cases. Our approach includes an initial thorough assessment by our specialist Dr. Oliver Bernath, who will tailor the diagnostic tests and treatments according to your specific needs. Treatments may include psychological and behavioural therapies, medication, as well as coordination with other clinicians to ensure comprehensive care.

The most common causes of sleep problems include stress, poor sleep hygiene, and issues like sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and insomnia. Lifestyle factors, like screens before bedtime, irregular sleep schedules, and consuming caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime, can also significantly impact sleep quality. At our clinic, an initial consultation aims to identify the root causes of your sleep disturbances. Based on these findings, we offer tailored treatment plans, which may include advice on sleep hygiene, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), or medication.

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Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

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