Sleeping is so normal to us, that we only actually think about it if we have problems with it. Sleeping disorders can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health and on your quality of life in the long term.
For many people, it is a major step to approach their GP about their sleeping problems. Sleeping problems may resolve themselves without having to obtain professional help, but if your sleeping problems last for longer than 3 weeks, it is advisable to seek professional help. You will not have to wait long for an appointment with our wake-sleep centre.
Expertise in sleep
We have a neurologist at the Boerhaave Medical Centre who specialises in sleeping disorders: Dr. H.L. Hamburger. He treats people with the most diverse wake and sleep problems.
Wake and sleep problems may vary from problems in falling or staying asleep, to sleep apnoea, nightmares and strange things that happen while you are asleep. We refer to sleep disorders if the sleep problems last for a long time and seriously impact on your daily life, for instance, people are often sleepy during the day as a result.
First appointment with the neurologist
This first appointment is an initial interview with the neurologist. Based on this interview, what you tell the neurologist and a number of questionnaires filled in by you, it is possible to map your sleep problems. The neurologist will also discuss your medical history with you. It may be necessary for you to visit other specialists in the wake-sleep team for further examinations.
Multidisciplinary treatment team
Treating sleep disorders often calls for an approach covering a range of different disciplines. For this reason, the neurologist works very closely together with specialists in the wake-sleep team at Slotervaart hospital. Team members include ENT specialists, lung specialists, clinical psychologists, dental specialists and technicians, who carry out sleep studies. Each week, the team discuss the results of all sleep studies, and jointly draw up a treatment plan for each patient.
After the first appointment, the neurologist may decide to carry out further tests to investigate your sleep problems. The aim of a sleep study is to identify the causes of your sleep problems. Based on the findings of the sleep study, a treatment may then be proposed.
The sleep study involves spending a night at the Boerhaave clinic. While you are asleep, a number of your body functions will be recorded, such as your breathing, heart beat and brain activity, to find out more about your sleep behaviour.
It is not always possible to sleep well for a long time. You can however improve your sleep by following a few guidelines relating to sleep.
The aim of the treatment for disturbed sleep is to improve the duration and quality of sleep. Based on the findings of the study, the neurologist will provide you with advice.
This advice may vary from psychological support, use of medication and adjustments to sleep patterns. For sleep apnoea, it is often important to reduce body weight, in other words to lose weight. A nasal mask or mouth guard can often help, and in some cases surgery by the ENT specialist may be advised.