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Therapy of sleep disorders

Here you will find information on all therapeutic options at the Center for Sleep Medicine.

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Patients with insomnia:

After the completed diagnosis the following treatment strategies will be applied: behavioral, psychological and medication therapy. Continuous and if needed a long-term therapy monitoring is certainly provided by our Center. 

Patients with sleep related breathing disorders

If a sleep related breathing disorder is assumed during the preliminary outpatient examination and it is then confirmed by the polysomnography at the sleep lab a treatment with a nasal CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device is initiated according to the indication. The CPAP therapy is the most effective treatment (appr. 85% of the treated patients) of patients with sleep related breathing disorders.

The air pressure is an individual value for each patient and is normally adjusted during 2 nights at the sleep lab under the cardiorespiratory polysomnographic control. At the same time the patient is intensively trained on how to use his CPAP machine, he receives a detailed clarification of the disease patterns, breathing therapy and advice for CPAP device. 

Leaving the sleep lab the patient receives his own breathing machine; exceptions are different care plans of some medical insurance companies.  

Unless otherwise agreed at therapy initiation, check-ups are carried out in a facility with the possibility of outpatient sleep apnea measurement by a resident specialist.

Here you find further Information about a CPAP machine.

Patients with Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS) / Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD)

Patients with PLM Syndrome (often associated with breathing disorders) can receive a medication treatment during their stay at the sleep lab. The success of this treatment in most cases can be unfortunately detected only after a long period of time. Under certain circumstances a repeated polysomnographic control at the sleep lab is required. 

Patients with Hypersomnia

In patients with hypersomnia a therapy of daytime sleepiness with medication can be done after a second night stay in the sleep lab. If needed a therapy of the disordered sleep structure or of the cataplexy in cases of narcolepsy can be done during the stay for the third night in the sleep lab.

Patients with parasomnia

In patients with a parasomnia a therapy of the disordered sleep structure with medication can be done during the stay for the third night in the sleep lab.

What should I bring to the Sleep Laboratory?

  • Prescrition order (from the primary care physician or our outpatient service)
  • Confirmation of cost coverage of your medical insurance (especially in case of a CPAP treatment)
  • Your medical insurance card
  • Medication, which you take on the regular basis (for the whole period of stay at the hospital)
  • Eventually available medical reports of the examinations during last 4 months (X-rays, ultrasound, blood values, lung function tests etc.)
  • Night clothes, personal toiletries
  • Bedtime treat, reading material, etc.

Who should I address to with problems after the initiated therapy?

The staff of the Interdisciplinary Center of Sleep Medicine always tries the best to find the best possible solution in a shortest time in case of problems.

  • Patients with a CPAP Therapy can contact the Sleep Laboratory directly during the first 4 weeks of the therapy. 
  • You can contact us by phone ( +49 30 450 513 120) during the office hours of the outpatient department (Mon-Fri: 8.00-15.00 hrs). Alternatively you can send us a fax ( +49 30 450 513 906) or write an Email.
  • Patients who have been adjusted to ventilation therapy can also contact the sleep laboratory directly during the first 2 weeks after the start of therapy.
  • In case of permanent problems, which cannot be solved by your general practitioner or your specialist, you can also make an appointment for the sleep medical ambulance of the Charité.