What to expect
Everybody that we see at The Good Sleep Clinic will have an in-depth Sleep Assessment with one of our specialists. This enables us to recommend a personalised programme of evidence-based treatment for you, with 1 to 1 treatment sessions delivered either in person at our clinics in Kent and East Sussex, or using secure online video. We can also provide extra support through follow-up phonecalls or email in between your sessions.
Before your first appointment, we'll ask you to start recording your sleep patterns as well as your thoughts and feelings around sleep in a Good Sleep Clinic Sleep Diary. We'll analyse your sleep diary before your in-depth clinical assessment and will continue to use the sleep diary throughout your treatment sessions.
In-depth clinical assessment
Your first session will be a 1 to 1 clinical assessment where we'll complete a comprehensive review of your sleep history, involving a medication review, screening questionnaires and analysis of your sleep diary. We can complete your clinical assessment in person at one of our clinics in Kent and East Sussex - we have consultation rooms in Tunbridge Wells, Blackham and Hove - or via secure online video.
Our assessment will focus on building up a detailed picture of your sleep problems, including:
Life before your sleep problem
Your sleep problems may have been with you decades, and we will find out more about your sleep history. If the problems have developed more recently we will look at various aspects of your lifestyle before developing problems, and which may have been helpful or unhelpful. Examples may be your routines, personality traits, approach to stress and health problems.
You may know exactly when and where your sleep problem started, or it may have crept up gradually with no obvious cause.
What might be keeping the problem going?
This is where we get an idea of the types of thoughts you are having and any changes you have made to your lifestyle due to your ongoing sleep problems. Some may be helpful and others may need a little fine tuning. These are often the areas we look at more closely in later sessions with The Good Sleep Clinic. Click here for more information on insomnia and how it develops.
You may have tried various medication approaches, and often clients who visit us are using treatments to aid sleep whether over-the-counter remedies or prescribed sleeping medication (known as “Hypnotic medication) We will go over your medication history in detail, and understand how effective they are for you, any side effects or concerns you have and what your goals are relating to medication.
As part of our assessment we aim to understand if there are any medical problems that may be affecting your sleep. We will ask about any snoring or breathing problems you experience at night and any movement of your legs that affect your sleep. Sometimes we will recommend that you undergo a detailed investigation to study your sleep (a polysomnogram). For clients with insomnia this is usually not necessary,
Where relevant (and with your consent) we may request information from your registered GP, and share information with them, to optimise your treatment plan.
Bespoke treatment programme
The number of treatment sessions you'll need will depend on your individual requirements, but many people see significant improvements in their sleep in just 3 sessions. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and we offer daytime and evening appointments in person at our clinics and online via Zoom, so it's easy to fit your treatment around other commitments. Read more about how we treat insomnia You may be offered an interim medication review as part of your treatment programme. This is usually done by phone and take 30 minutes, followed up with a written medication plan that sits alongside any other treatment.
Extra support when you need it
Our insomnia specialists can offer a follow-up phonecall or email in between your treatment sessions to check in with how you're doing, answer any questions, recap on any new tools and techniques you've learnt and give you any extra support you need.