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Sleep disorders

Avi Medical helps you with sleep disorders

Almost half of all Germans suffer from a sleep disorder at some point in their life. A  Clinical picture that has many serious side effects. The causes can vary greatly from person to person and must also be clarified. In the long term, the lack of sleep is followed by, among other things, a decrease in performance, obesity, depression and an increased risk of cardiovascular complications. 

The early diagnosis and treatment of your sleep disorder is essential for your health. Our Experienced doctors will accompany you at all of our locations.  

What is a sleep disorder?

The term sleep disorder describes a Group of sleep-related illnesses. The most important representatives of this genus are insomnia and parasomnia

The former is characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep out. The resulting qualitatively reduced night sleep ultimately leads to consecutive tiredness during the day. Insomnia occurs predominantly in women of higher age age. 

Parasomnia in turn refers to disorders during sleep. These include Sleepwalking, nightmares or sudden startling with panicked screams from sleep. This clinical picture mainly affects women in their teens.

At what point does it become a sleep disorder?

For the diagnosis of sleep disorder, only the following criterion must be met: Non-restorative sleep, which is at least occurs three times a week and lasts at least a month .

What are the triggers of a sleep disorder?

The possible triggers of a sleep disorder are extremely diverse and should not be ignored. to get to the root of the problems. The demonstratedly most common include:

  • situation-related stress due to temporary stressful situations. This type of sleep disorder usually lasts a maximum of three months
  • psychologically-related mind wandering or mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder with flashbacks and depression
  • inadequate sleep hygiene . This includes irregular sleep-wake times, e.g. during shift work or a restless sleeping environment due to exposure to bright light or noise
  • Stimulants such as coffee, nicotine, alcohol or even “heavy” meals< /li>

What are possible symptoms of a sleep disorder?

The typical symptoms of a sleep disorder are:

  • difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep
  • sleeping too early in the morning Awakening
  • non-restorative sleep and daytime tiredness despite adequate sleep duration
  • mood swings
  • decrease in performance
  • Concentration disorders

Treating a sleep disorder at Avi Medical

At Avi Medical, comprehensive therapy for your sleep disorder begins withearly diagnosis. Medical measures on which this is based are:

  • Creation of a comprehensive anamnesis to determine the cause
  • Exclusion of other physical or psychiatric illnesses that can cause sleep disorders. These include, among others, pain syndromes, reflux, restless legs syndrome or sleep apnea

In In rare cases, the diagnosis includes an extension in the clinic. Here it is supplemented by an EEG and a polysomnography. The latter examines brain waves, breathing, oxygen saturation, heartbeat, snoring noises, eye and muscle movements for abnormalities.

The diagnosis is followed by the therapeutic treatment.This includes:

  • Advice and education about evidence-based sleep hygiene and sleep routines and individual behaviors
  • Relaxation procedures (progressive muscle relaxation, autogenic training, meditation)
  • in exceptional cases and for a limited period of time: medication. These include preparations such as herbal sleep-inducing agents (valerian, hops), melatonin (natural sleep hormone, also available as a nasal spray) or antihistamines. If there is accompanying depression, also sleep-promoting antidepressants such as mirtazapine. In more extreme cases: benzodiazepines or so-called Z-drugs