Treatment of Sleep Disorders

The main objective of the activity of the Sleep Medicine Center is the treatment of various sleep disorders. 

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.  
Depending on the discharge report it is necessary to make at least one followup check at the outpatient service or if needed at the sleep lab during the first year after the begin of the therapy. 

Here you find further Information about a CPAP machine.

Patients with Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS):

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. 

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. You can contact us anytime during the consultation hours of our outpatient service (Mo-Fr: 8.00-15.00 Uhr) using the following telephone number: 030-450-513120. You can surely visit us personally. In any case we kindly ask you to call us prior to your visit, so we can get your file from the archive. This will also save your waiting time at the outpatient service. You can also reach us by Fax: 030-450-513906 or E-Mail (schlaf.labor(at)charite.de).

Patients with a CPAP Therapy can contact the Sleep Laboratory directly during the first 4 weeks of the therapy. 

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