In order to find a solution we rely on an all-round diagnosis and we devote quite a lot of time to it. This is because only a calm, highly focused and detailed questioning (anamnesis) can establish whether the case is of a pathological sleeping disorder that requires further investigation (such as sleep measuring, hormonal tests) or whether other steps are necessary.
The most common complaints in a sleeping disorder are: daily tiredness, “one-instant sleep” (the most frequent cause of serious road accidents), morning headache, reduced efficiency, decreasing ability to cope with workload, concentration or memory disorders, irritability, sadness and depression, snoring with or without breathing pauses, restless legs syndrome, new unexplained heart or circulation disorders, high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, work in shifts. Obesity leads to sleeping disorders (Apnea syndrome), especially after the age of 50.
I have been certified by the Federal Chamber to be your special adviser on medical issues related to sleep, as well as to operate special equipment, for instance the somnograph. Eligible patients will also enjoy the allowance to have their costs reimbursed by their insurer (GOÄ-Ärzte 1996).