Services of the Center of Sleep Medicine at Charité

The Center of Sleep Medicine at the Charité deals with the diagnosis and the therapy of all kind of sleep disorders.

Therefore, different medical experts like internists, neurologists, and ENT doctors as well as psychologists and researchers work together.

The center is accredited by the German Sleep Society (DGSM).

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Diagnostic and treatment options

  • Initial investigation of sleep apnea with ambulatory 1-2 and 6+ channel polygraphy (PG) / Out of Center (OOC) testing
  • Attended polysomnography (PSG)
  • Extended PSG according to individual requirements
  • 10-20 EEG with up to 32 EEG electrodes
  • Constant Routine examination
  • Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT)
  • Maintance of Wakefulness Test (MWT)
  • Cognitive performance test with neurophysical measurement parameters
  • Reaction time test (PVT) without neurophysical measurement parameters
  • Actigraphy
  • Esophageal pressure measurement, CO2-recording, continuous non-invasive blood pressure measurement
  • Adjustment of nasal positive airway pressure
  • Treatment control of the patients with positive airway pressure device through portable monitoring
  • Education on sleep
  • Training courses for patients
  • Psychological support
  • Interdisciplinary case conferences
  • Questionnaires (ESS, ISI, PSQI, RLS-DI, SAQLI, SF-12, SF-36, D-MEQ, MCTQ, d2, BDI, FOSQ, sleep diaries, u.a.)

The Center for Sleep Medicine is able to diagnose of the following sleep disorders

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • Narcolepsy and other types of Hypersomnia
  • Nocturnal Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Sleep Disorders in children
  • Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome
  • Different types of sleep disorders related to initiating or maintaining sleep (Insomnia)
  • Medication-related sleep disorders
  • Pavor nocturnus
  • Somnambulism (Sleepwalking) / REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
  • Bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth)
  • Circadian Sleep-Wake-Rhythm Disorders

Research

Research is a major aspect of work at the Center of Sleep Medicine. Research is governmental funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Exchange Service (DAAD), and European Union (EU). Several doctoral studies are associated with the research projects.

In addition, the center receive many of unrestricted research grants from companies.

Education and advanced training

The Interdisciplinary Center for Sleep Medicine is an national as well as international educational institution for students, physicians, scientists, nurses, medical technologists and psychologists. 

Prof. Fietze has the full teaching authority for the specialty Internal Medicine for one year. In addition physicians who want to become a sleep specialist can be trained at our lab for a duration of one month or more.

The Charité provides special courses in sleep medicine. The Center for Sleep Medicine was approved by the Medical Association of Berlin as an educational institution (2 years). In addition it serves as an educational and advanced training center of DGSM (German Society for Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine) and the  ESRS (European Sleep Research Society).