Sleep Well Clinic

A breath of fresh air...

The most effective therapy for snoring and sleep apnoea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP. Thousands of New Zealanders and their partners have discovered the health and lifestyle benefits when using Fisher & Paykel Healthcare's CPAP therapy. Drawing on 20 years clinical experience the therapeutic team at the Sleep Well Clinic bring this cutting edge technology out of hospitals and into the bedrooms of everyday people from all walks of life, who just want to get better sleep.

We treat snoring and sleep apnoea seriously.

Snoring can break up relationships and even affect our health and wellbeing. Snoring decreases sleep quality for snorers and bed-partners alike. Poor sleep quality contributes to many common health and lifestyle problems such as:

  • daytime sleepiness or difficulty concentrating
  • increased bladder pressure during the night
  • morning headache
  • reduced sexual function
  • weight gain
  • reflux or heartburn

Problem snoring can also develop into sleep apnoea or choking during sleep which increases the likelihood of other health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.More...

Sleep Well Clinics throughout New Zealand. The doctors and health professionals at the SLEEP WELL CLINIC provide comprehensive assessment and treatment services for children and adults suffering sleep disorders such as problematic snoring, sleep apnoea, insomnia, and parasomnias.

Medical consultations in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, and Invercargill are available by appointment.

We also offer testing and treatment services to patients in other centres using portable monitors and extensive phone or Skype support for consultations.

Lead Clinicians

Dr Alex Bartle MB, BS, FRNZCGP,
Dip Obst, MM (Sleep Medicine)

After extensive research and special training in sleep medicine overseas, Dr Bartle established the Sleep Well Clinic in March 2000. Dr Bartle was an invited speaker at the Australasian Sleep Association international conferences in 2003 and 2006. In 2007 he presented research at the World Federation of Sleep Research 5th International Congress.

Associate Professor Lutz Beckert MD, FRACP, MRCP (UK) Respiratory and Sleep
Specialist Physician

Associate Professor Lutz Beckert is a Respiratory Specialist and registered Sleep Physician at Christchurch Hospital. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the Otago University Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is the Clinical Advisor at the Sleep Well Clinic and has a wide range of current research interests. Associate Professor Beckert is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association.

Dr Bryn Sparks PhD, PG DipSc (neurophysiology), BSc. Senior Sleep Physiologist

Dr Bryn Sparks was one of New Zealand's first Sleep Physiologists. While working as Technical Director of Christchurch Hospital Sleep Disorders Unit Dr Sparks helped develop remote sleep apnoea testing techniques in the early 1990's that are now widely used throughout Australasia. Dr Sparks received his doctroate from Victoria University of Wellington studying the medicalising influence that the information economy of the internet has on the way people think about snoring.

Dr Sparks's current research interests center around the development of heart-rate variability as a portable measurement tool for people with sleep problems. He is also interested in long-term use of wearable biomonitors to collect sleep data over much longer periods than single nights and how that data can be used to help offer more personalised and effective treatments for people with problematic sleep patterns. Dr Sparks is a member of the Australaisan Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Scientists Association, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Alex Mortlock BA(Hons), MA(Psyc), PG Dip(Clin.Psyc.)

Alex Mortlock is a registered clinical psychologist trained at the University of Canterbury. He has worked in sleep medicine since 2012 and specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapies for insomnia and a range of treatments for other sleep disorders. His experience in a number of rehabilitation and health settings has given him the background to understand the biological, psychological, and interpersonal factors involved in sleep disorders. Alex is a member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australasian Sleep Association. Also see:

Dr Kelly Dale PhD, MSc, BPhEd, Sleep Physiologist

Dr Kelly Dale is the Sleep Well Clinic Research Manager and is also Managing Director of Healthy Lifestyle NZ. Dr Dale studied at the University of Otago and gained a BSc in Human Nutrition, a Bachelor of Physical Education in Exercise Prescription and Management, a Master of Science with Distinction in Human Nutrition and a PhD in Human Nutrition. After being awarded her doctorate, Dr Dale's research interests have focussed on the interactions between sleep, nutrition and physical activity. Dr Dale has published research in many top international medical journals.

Local Consultants
New Zealand has a dispersed population. Sleep Well Clinic works with local clinicians throughout the regions to meet new clients and patients, provide testing services, and to help people with a wide range of sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnoea, snoring, insomnia, restless legs, and narcolepsy. We also draw on expert knowledge centres to support our local services. All our frontline staff are friendly and approachable and look forward to making the first point of contact with the Sleep Well Clinic an informative and open experience.

Our local consultants include Mr Iain Buchanan, Dr Marcus Ang, Dr Hemant Kheterpal, Dr Caroline Davy, Dr Ken Couper, Kristy Haslam, Dr Hanna Preston, Dr Dorren Kirkaldy, Dr Maree Lindsay, Dr Kate Margetts, and Dr Anna Winter.

We also offer testing and treatment services to patients throughout New Zealand using portable monitors and extensive phone or ZOOM support for consultations.

Allied Health Professionals

Clinical Support Team

Our friendly and knowledgeable Clinical Support Team are Christine Sparks, Lauren Vaile, Lisa Crow, and Sue Filsell. They work closely with the local Sleep Well Clinic doctors and psychologists, hospital services, and other private providers such as oral specialists and ENT surgeons to make sure we can offer the broadest possible range of support and expertise to our patients.

Looking for one of our Sleep Clinics?

We have assesment clinics in several centres with doctors available by appointment.

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