Welcome to the Sleep service page


If you have had difficulty getting off to sleep, staying asleep, it is recommended you consider completing the online course at www.sleepful.me before having your sleep study. Naturally, improvements to sleeping habits take time to adjust.

Your GP may also have access to other forms of digital CBT-i such as Sleepio.

If you are unable to access or use either of these, you can self-refer to the IAPT service that offers brief CBT-based interventions (including CBT for insomnia). Please visit the Talk Changes website if you live in Hackney (alternatively, you can call 020 7683 4278)

Sleep studies- Respiratory polygraphy

If the doctor suspects you may have sleep disordered breathing, you may be asked to undertake a sleep study. This involved a night sleeping with sensors attached to your body to monitor your breathing throughout the night. It is important that you avoid caffeine 24 hours before your sleep study to improve the chance of sleeping.

For help in setting up the home sleep study please watch this video


CPAP therapy set up
Not everyone requires CPAP therapy to manage sleep apnoea. For those that do, it is important to allow for time to adjust to therapy. This new routine takes about two weeks to adopt. It is most important you use CPAP every night during this period to become accustomed to it.

In order to keep our patients safe and reduce the risk of COVID 19 infection, we have opted to provide a remote service delivering and servicing CPAP therapy. We will be instructed where to collect the CPAP unit and a mask.

There will be a virtual troubleshooting (via telephone or video) should you have any difficulties which can be arranged by emailing huh-tr.respiratory.physiology@nhs.net . Occasionally you may be required to attend in person if the issues cannot be resolved. 

CPAP mask fittings
This video will help you with the CARA mask.
This video below will help you apply the F&P mask.
This video will help you with the dreamwear nasal mask.

CPAP machine
Philips Dreamstation Devices
Click here for a simple set up guide. 
This video describes advanced features. 
This video shows how to clean and maintain.

Lowenstein Devices
Click here for a simple set up guide.
Humidifier – cleaning and using.
How to activate bluetooth
How to pair the device to the Prisma APP.
Monitoring your therapy using Prisma App.

Getting help with CPAP issues
If you are experiencing claustrophobia with CPAP therapy you can find useful tips and support with the sleep –apnoea trust.
If you have a faulty machine or need some further assistance with your equipment please ring the respiratory lung function department on 02085107803 or email  huh-tr.respiratory.physiology@nhs.net

Tips for coping with CPAP claustrophobia
Claustrophobia is a common feeling when starting CPAP therapy. This is often due to the unusual feeling of the mask on the face or discomfort generated during therapy of the pressure needed to keep the airway open.
We would recommend the following tips for coping with CPAP Claustrophobia:

  • try desensitising yourself by wearing the mask while awake. Using it for an hour or two whilst reading or watching Television in the afternoon can help you get use to wearing the CPAP mask and pressure involved.
  • use the machine regularly in order to establish a routine to help with coming to terms with the fear of using it and to acclimatise yourself to this. This often takes a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • use the ramp facility to help with the pressure effects when falling asleep. Our sleep technician can help with this.
  • join a support group (https://sleep-apnoea-trust.org/patient-information/support-groups/) or http://www.cpaptalk.com/