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According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, at least 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders and another 20 to 30 million experience occasional sleep problems. According to different studies, 7 to 49% of the general population in Germany suffer from intermittent or long-term sleep disorders. Many people suffering from chronic sleep problems experience negative consequences in their jobs, their relationships and their health. Therefore, chronic sleep disturbances do have a negative impact on quality of life and performance, followed by relevant economic and social consequences.

Classification of sleep disorders

The International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) comprises 88 sleep disorders subdivided into 8 groups:

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

The diagnostic process follows the DGSM-recommendations published in the journal Somnologie 2009 13:4-160 ("DGSM-Leitlinie S3"). 

In the first outpatient appointment, the doctor will ask you relevant questions concerning your sleep habits, your sleep problems and your medical history. Depending on these symptoms, an inpatient diagnostic investigation (polysomnography) will be conducted in our sleep laboratory.