[Diagnosing and treating sleep for the general practitioner]

Ned Tijdschr Geneeskd. 2021 Aug 5;165:D5465.
[Article in Dutch]


Sleep disorders are prevalent and have large impact on well-being and functioning. Based on the presenting symptoms, the general practitioner can often diagnose and treat uncomplicated sleep disorders. An overview of the most common sleeping complaints, underlying diagnoses and useful treatments is given. Furthermore, we discuss a structured approach for diagnosing sleep disorders, provide criteria for referring patients with sleep disorders to sleep centers, and discuss medication both as cause as well as option for treating sleeping problems.

MeSH terms

  • General Practitioners*
  • Humans
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Sleep Wake Disorders* / therapy