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Consultant Neurologist Specialising in Sleep Disorders

Dr Oliver Bernath is a neurologist specialising in sleep medicine. He treats sleep apnoea, insomnia, restless legs syndrome, parasomnias incl. REM-sleep behaviour disorder, sleep paralysis and rare sleep disorders. His NHS sleep clinic and private sleep clinic information are on

I am a Board Certified Sleep Specialist with postgraduate neurophysiology and sleep medicine fellowships from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Stanford, where the world's first sleep clinic was founded. I practised as an attending (consultant) neurologist at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco,  and ran their Northern California Sleep service. I am on the GMC specialist register, and my NHS clinics are at Queen Victoria Hospital and Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital. 


After my MD as a Studientstiftung scholar in Germany, I completed my neurology residency and served as Chief Resident at the University of Chicago which is the cradle of sleep medicine. Here, in 1953, Dr. Aserinsky and Prof. Kleitman discovered REM sleep. I met Professor William Dement, here who developed polysomnography, currently still the gold standard sleep test. I worked with Prof. Van Cauter, a pioneer in the study of hormone circadian rhythms. During my fellowships, I studied with Prof. Guilleminault, an early discoverer of obstructive sleep apnea and with Prof. Dement.


University of Ulm (Germany) School of Medicine. Doctor of Medicine 1990

Junior Doctor rotations, various hospitals in UK, incl. St Bartholomew’s London, 1990-1991

Resident in Neurology, University of Chicago, 1991-1995

Fellow in Clinical Neurophysiology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), 1995-1997

Fellow in Sleep Medicine, UCSF and Stanford Sleep Disorders Centers, 1997-1998


The NHS offers many treatment options since sleep disorders are accompanied by other conditions. Privately I work at Lanserhof at the Arts Club where a team of clinicians helps me provide integrated care with other specialists to patients. I also work with The Chelsea Psychology Clinic, which houses psychiatrists and psychologists who can assist with psychological stressors affecting sleep. 


DR Oliver Bernath's Podcast on the importance of sleep at the Lanserhof at the Arts Club


We are delighted to introduce Lanserhof at The Arts Club’s Consultant Neurologist and Sleep Disorders Specialist, Dr Oliver Bernath. With serious long-term health implications associated with lack of sleep, the growing number of adults struggling is a worrying trend.

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