Sleeping Disorders Centre founder and ENT consultant surgeon Michael Oko was featured on a BBC1 programme called “Goodnight Britain” which was shown on November 29th at 9pm.
Presented by Sian Williams, Goodnight Britain tackled the nation’s biggest sleep disorders, meeting and curing some of the UK’s worst sleepers and exposing the extraordinary behaviour that lurks behind Britain’s bedroom curtains. Goodnight Britain’s sleep experts ventured into the bedrooms of five contributors tormented by a range of conditions, from parasomniacs who scream the house down and snorers whose trumpeting rattles the window-panes, to insomniacs who bake six hours a night.
One of the people featured on the programme was lorry driver Paul, whose loud and constant snoring was leaving him feeling tired in the daytime, as well as keeping his wife awake all night. Diagnosing sleep apnoea due to Paul’s frequent breath-holding while asleep the sleep doctors sent Paul to see Michael at his clinic at Johnson Hospital in Spalding, Lincs, for treatment. Paul was facing losing his job as a lorry driver due to his sleep apnoea. Michael fitted Paul with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask, and is seen on the programme assessing the results of this treatment.
Michael Oko founded the Sleeping Disorders Centre in 2006 at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincs, and now runs the satellite clinic in Spalding as well as a private clinic in Harley Street.
The programme was in two parts. Part 1 was on Wednesday November 28th at 9pm, and part 2 is on Thursday November 29th at 9pm. The programme is currently available to view on BBC iPlayer.