A number of transport strikes are due to take place in November and December. If you or your child has an appointment at one of our hospitals or community centres, please plan ahead and do all you can to attend. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your clinical team.

Nurses' strike action will take place on 15 and 20 December. Our emergency and time critical services will be open. We'll let you know if your appointment is affected.

Sleep medicine service – conditions we treat

The sleep medicine department at Evelina London Children's Hospital treats a number of conditions.

Excessive daytime sleepiness

Sleep-disordered breathing

  • Snoring
  • Noisy breathing
  • Sleeping with open mouth
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea (difficulty breathing while asleep, blockage of airflow)
  • Central sleep apnoea and hypoventilation (long pauses in breathing/under breathing in sleep).

Sleeplessness (insomnia)

  • Resisting bedtime
  • Problems getting to sleep
  • Frequent night-time waking
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Trouble with naps
  • Sleep schedule abnormalities
  • Eidetic imagery (imaginary play or intense imagery).

Sleepy teenagers

  • Difficulty falling asleep or waking at the desired hour
  • Remaining awake for long hours at night and sleeping until late hours in the morning/afternoon on weekends.
  • Feeling sleepy during the daytime
  • Insufficient sleep or inconsistent sleep schedule.

Parasomnias (unusual sudden night-time events)

  • Confusional arousals and sleep terrors (incomplete waking, crying or screaming, thrashing, looking upset or frightened)
  • Sleepwalking and sleep talking (while only partly awake)
  • Complex cases with uncertainty about nocturnal seizures or parasomnias.

Restless legs syndrome

  • Periodic limb movements in sleep – leg or arm jerks every 20 to 60 seconds while asleep
  • Restless leg syndrome (RLS) – restlessness / unpleasant feelings in legs during the evening or at bedtime