Professional background

Dr Hugh Selsick is a consultant psychiatrist treating adults with sleep disorders, he has been involved in Sleep and Sleep Medicine for nearly 30 years. He has also founded and ran the Insomnia and Behavioural Sleep Medicine Clinic at UCLH, having worked for over a decade in the Sleep Disorders Centre at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals. Dr Hugh Selsick has founded and chaired the Sleep Special Interest Group in the Royal College of Psychiatrists and he is a past president of the Sleep Section at the Royal Society of Medicine. He has expertise in treating all sleep disorders and has a special interest in the management of insomnia, nightmares, circadian rhythm disorders and restless legs. 

Research interests

Psychological and behavioural treatment of sleep disorders

Languages spoken



Baker, F. C., Selsick, H., Driver, H. S., Taylor, S. R., & Mitchell, D. (1998). Different nocturnal body temperatures and sleep with forced-air warming in men and in women taking hormonal contraceptives. Journal of Sleep Research, 7(3), 175–181.

Wilson, S. J., Nutt, D. J., Alford, C., Argyropoulos, S. v., Baldwin, D. S., Bateson, A. N., Britton, T. C., Crowe, C., Dijk, D. J., Espie, C. A., Gringras, P., Hajak, G., Idzikowski, C., Krystal, A. D., Nash, J. R., Selsick, H., Sharpley, A. L., & Wade, A. G. (2010). British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus statement on evidence-based treatment of insomnia, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders. Http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1177/0269881110379307, 24(11), 1577–1600.

Thakrar, C., Patel, K., D’ancona, G., Kent, B. D., Nesbitt, A., Selsick, H., Steier, J., Rosenzweig, I., Williams, A. J., Leschziner, G. D., & Drakatos, P. (2018). Effectiveness and side-effect profile of stimulant therapy as monotherapy and in combination in the central hypersomnias in clinical practice. Journal of Sleep Research, 27(4).

Selsick, H., & O’Regan, D. (2018). Sleep disorders in psychiatry. BJPsych Advances, 24(4), 273–283.

Wilson, S., Anderson, K., Baldwin, D., Dijk, D., Espie, A., Espie, C., Gringras, P., Krystal, A., Nutt, D., Selsick, H., & Sharpley, A. (2019). British Association for Psychopharmacology consensus statement on evidence-based treatment of insomnia , parasomnias and circadian rhythm disorders : An update.
Sainz-Fuertes, R., Mir, J. M. G., Valderas, J. M., Bullock, K., Giersch, A., Vogeley, K., García, A. T., Huguet, M. A., Russell, T., Hollingdale, J., -Moriñigo, J.-D. L., Delgado, I. N., Selsick, H., Gurr, H., Fitzpatrick, T., & Maddox, T. (2020). COVID-19 and mental health: A review and the role of telehealth and virtual reality. Digital Medicine, 6(2), 53.

Regan, D. O., Nesbitt, A., Biabani, N., Drakatos, P., Selsick, H., Leschziner, G. D., Steier, J., Birdseye, A., Duncan, I., Higgins, S., Kumari, V., Stokes, P. R., Young, A. H., & Regan, D. O. (2021). A Novel Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Approach to Adult Non-rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 2021 Jul 1;12:679272. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.679272. PMID: 34276446; PMCID: PMC8281294.
Papworth, E., Dawson, S., Henderson, E. J., Eriksson, S. H., Selsick, H., Rees, J., Gimson, A., Strong, E., Cotterill, N., Huntley, A. L., & Drake, M. J. (2022). Association of Sleep Disorders with Nocturia: A Systematic Review and Nominal Group Technique Consensus on Primary Care Assessment and Treatment. European Urology Focus, 8(1), 42–51.

Smith, M., Dawson, S., Andrews, R. C., Eriksson, S. H., Selsick, H., Skyrme-Jones, A., Udayaraj, U., Rees, J., Strong, E., Henderson, E. J., & Drake, M. J. (2022). Evaluation and Treatment in Urology for Nocturia Caused by Nonurological Mechanisms: Guidance from the PLANET Study. European Urology Focus, 8(1), 89–97.

Ellis, J., Ferini-Strambi, L., García-Borreguero, D., Heidbreder, A., O’Regan, D., Parrino, L., Selsick, H., & Penzel, T. (2023). Chronic Insomnia Disorder across Europe: Expert Opinion on Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Care. Healthcare (Switzerland), 11(5).

Laroche, M., Biabani, N., Drakatos, P., Selsick, H., Leschziner, G., Steier, J., Young, A. H., Eriksson, S., Nesbitt, A., Kumari, V., Rosenzweig, I., & O’Regan, D. (2023). Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Non-Rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias: Long-Term Outcomes and Impact of COVID-19 Lockdown. Brain Sciences, 13(2).

Selsick, H. (Ed.). (2017). Sleep disorders in psychiatric patients: A practical guide (1st ed.). Springer, Berlin.

Makker, H., Walker, M., Selsick, H., Kotecha, B., & Johal, A. (2015). Oxford Case Histories in Sleep Medicine. Oxford University Press, Oxford.


Selsick, H., (2016) Parkinsons and Parasomnias. In Priller, J., & Rickards, H. (Eds.). (2017). Neuropsychiatry case studies (1st ed.). Springer, Berlin.

Selsick, H. (2018). Taking a Sleep History. In Sleep Disorders in Psychiatric Patients (pp. 41–62). Springer, Berlin.

Selsick, H. (2018). Insomnia Assessment. In Sleep Disorders in Psychiatric Patients (pp. 109–120). Springer, Berlin.

Wilson, S., & Selsick, H. (2018). The Science and Art of Prescribing for Insomnia. In Sleep Disorders in Psychiatric Patients (pp. 121–148). Springer, Berlin.

Sleep Disorders and Agitation in Rogers, J, Yeung, C and Nicholson, T (ed) (2019) Pocket Prescriber Psychiatry, CRC Press, London.

Meyer, N., Selsick, H. and Lee, K., 2020. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Taylor, D. M., Gaughran, F., & Pillinger, T. (2020). The Maudsley practice guidelines for physical health conditions in psychiatry the Maudsley practice guidelines for physical health conditions in psychiatry. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.

Selsick, H, Medical Management of Insomnia in Leschziner, G. (Ed.). (2022). Oxford handbook of sleep medicine. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Selsick H. and Norton G.R, (1995).  Control of Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Weight Trainers. Abstracts of the 23rd Annual Congress of the Physiological Society of Southern Africa, 4-6 September 1995: Sandton South Africa.

Selsick H., Keaney F., Beswick T., Leigh E., Law F., Strang J. (2006) Actigraphic Measurement of Sleep in Inpatient Alcohol Detoxification.  Poster at Royal College of Psychiatry, Faculty of Addictions Annual Conference, Prague.

Selsick, H. (2006) A Guide to Sleep Medicine for the MRCPsych.  Booklet distributed free to MRCPsych candidates.

Selsick, H. (2009) Neuropsychiatry of Sleep (The Sleep Working Group). Section of Neuropsychiatry Newsletter:  1(1): 3-5.

Waterman, L. Z., & Selsick, H. (2021). Sedatives for insomnia should not be stopped prematurely. British Medical Journal, 373: n1092.