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Michael Oko contributes to #SleepAwarenessCampagin2021 in The Guardian

In a special supplement on sleep health in March Sleeping Disorders Centre founder Michael Oko joined other healthcare professionals and campaigners in raising awareness of OSA. The article titlled Sleep Yourself to Better Health was written by Ailsa Colquhoun, distributed in The Guardian and sponsored by Dolby Vivisol.

The campaign was held  during Sleep Awareness Week 2021 and World Sleep Day 2021 on 19th March. Here is an extract from the articel: 

"The best thing you can do in preparation for your COVID-19 vaccine is to get a good night’s sleep. Flu studies show that your immune system is twice as likely to respond well to the vaccine if you sleep well. Sleep is vital to keep your immune system at its best. As Lincolnshire ENT surgeon and sleep specialist Mr Michael Oko says: “Before you get that all-important jab, make sure you sleep well”. This is often easier said than done.

"COVID-19, work worries, money concerns, home/family-life are common issues that affect sleep. Mr Oko says: “When you have anxieties, it is not surprising that you can’t fall asleep easily.” However, you could be suffering from a form of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)."

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Sleeping Disorders Centre moves to online clinics

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 attending hospitals and clinics in person has been difficult and potentially involves the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus. Therefore, the Sleeping Disorders Centre's services are now available  online for both NHS and private patients.

We are able to deliver the same high quality service either via telephone or online, organising all aspects of care remotely: including sleep studies, diagnosis, CPAP fitting, delivery, maintenance and long-term care.

This means that people suffering from obstructive sleep apnoea and other sleep-related and ENT conditions are still able to access first class care from Mr. Oko, Professor Dhillon and the rest of our clinical team. Our mission to raise awareness of the suffering caused by sleep apnoea, and enable those affected to live normal lives through fast diagnosis and effective treatment, is still continuing depite the challenges of the pandemic.

The Sleeping Disorders Centre's private clinic has moved from Harley Street to The London Digestive Centre, in partnership with HCA Healthcare. All appointments with Mr. Oko are taking place by phone or online, and in person appointments continuing with Prof. Dhillon.

Contact details

Private patients
The London Digestive Centre
41 Welbeck Street
Telephone: 020 3797 7248


Michael Oko talks to Angela Epstein about parasomnia for the Daily Mail 

Angela Epstein writes in the Daily Mail on 15th february: Parasomnia — the term for unusual behaviour related to sleep — affects 15 per cent of people in the UK. It can range from relatively harmless activities such as walking, talking and eating (people typically get up to cook) or, more rarely, sexsomnia — sexual behaviour while asleep.

Why some people have one kind of parasomnia rather than another is not clear, and some people may have more than one. In rare cases, it can be an early warning sign of a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease.

However, in many cases it is triggered by disturbed sleep — and with half the population saying their sleep has been more disturbed than usual since lockdown began, this could lead to a rise in these nocturnal events.

‘During sleep, the brain moves through different stages, one of which is known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep,’ explains Michael Oko, a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon from United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, and founder of the Sleeping Disorders Centre in London.

‘It’s at this stage the brain should temporarily sever communication with skeletal muscles, which means that while we are asleep we are essentially paralysed, otherwise we would all act out our dreams.

‘However, when there’s a fault in the control of this mechanism — sometimes random, or perhaps due to genetics or health issues such as sleep apnoea or even Parkinson’s — there’s scope for physical behaviour in sleep.’

REM happens when we are deeply asleep — so parasomnia tends to occur in the small hours or early morning. But more complex parasomnia behaviour, such as sleep-related eating disorders, happens in the deep non-REM stage.

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Michael Oko speaks to Look North about how to stay healthy in case of COVID-19 infection

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