…all about SLEEP

Dr Alex Bartle’s team of health professionals at the SLEEP WELL CLINIC provide a free commentary on current sleep research, with a particular focus on making it relevant for GP’s and family doctors. The reviews headlines are collected into an e-newsletter and sent via e-mail to subscribers. Although aimed for GP’s and family doctors, the reviews would be of interest to any person either working in primary healthcare or being in regular contact with people who have sleep issues.

Dr Bartle is also available to speak to groups, present at seminars, and run workshops on a wide range of sleep topics. A list of his recent and upcoming speaking engagements  can be found under the Seminars and Workshops blog tag [click here].

The SLEEP WELL CLINIC was founded in 2000…

…to help people achieve quality sleep, and to promote the importance of good sleep to the New Zealand public, industry, and health professionals.

Senior Clinical Team

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

Dr Bartle has been a General Practitioner for over 30 years and has a Masters degree in Sleep Medicine (Sydney University). Dr Bartle is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association and has been an invited speaker at their international conferences. Dr Bartle has presented research at the World Federation of Sleep Research Congress, is actively involved in developing Sleep Medicine education programmes for GP’s in Australia and New Zealand and is the NZ representative on the Asia Pacific Paediatric Sleep Association.

Dr Bartle continues to research sleep disorders, lecture to national and international conferences, and publish on sleep issues. He regularly presents seminars to many NZ wide interest groups including government organisations and industry.

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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 the Academic Head, Department of Medicine, and a Senior Lecturer at the Otago University Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Associate Professor Beckert is the Clinical Advisor at the Sleep Well Clinic and has a wide range of current research interests. He is also a member of the Australasian Sleep Association.


Alex Mortlock

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

Alex is a registered clinical psychologist trained at the University of Canterbury. He has a particular interest in disorders of initiating and maintaining sleep (DIMS), and specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapies for insomnia and 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 New Zealand Pain Society.


Bryn SparksBryn Sparks BSc, PG DipSc (neurophysiology)

As one of New Zealand’s few Sleep Physiologists Bryn established the first internet-based data transfer sleep service in 1995 for home sleep tests in regions not served by local tertiary sleep services. Bryn has 20 years experience as a Sleep Technologist, including 7 years as Technical Director of Christchurch Hospital Sleep Disorders Unit.

Bryn is a member of the Australasian Sleep Association and Australasian Sleep Technologists Association. Bryn is currently completing a PhD through Victoria University investigating the medicalisation of snoring and sleep apnoea.



Sleep Doctor research commentary website provided by Sleep Well Clinic.