Insomnia is a common and very debilitating problem which negatively impacts on people’s personal and occupational functioning, quality of life and their mental health. The Insomnia Clinic is a multi-disciplinary service treating people with insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders.
The initial consultation at the Insomnia Clinic consists of a thorough assessment of the sleep disorder and any related conditions in order to reach a diagnosis. Following diagnosis an individualised management plan will be formulated with the patient.
The Insomnia Clinic uses evidence based interventions which include Psycho-education, Cognitive Therapy, Behavioural Strategies and Relaxation to provide a comprehensive treatment package. This is delivered in either a group setting or on an individual basis depending on the patient’s condition and circumstances.
The clinic also liaises with GPs to offer advice on hypnotic and other medications commonly used for sleep difficulties.
The Insomnia Clinic provides an integrated service. The team has input from Psychiatry, Psychology and Occupational Therapy and has links with other sleep services within UCLH, as well as specialist services with the Hospital for Integrated Medicine.