Dieter Riemann

Sleep, insomnia and mental health

Dieter Riemann, PhD
Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology | Head of the Dept. of Clinical Psychology & Psychophysiology
Centre for Mental Disorders, Medical Faculty, University of Freiburg (Germany)

Keynote Summary: Almost all mental disorders are accompanied by sleep disturbances, especially depressive disorders. In this patient group, not only rather specific changes of REM sleep (shortening of REM sleep latency) and a decrease of Slow Wave Sleep) occur, but from a clinical point of view insomnia complaints (prolonged sleep latency, sleep maintenance problems, early morning awakening) may dominate the picture. Insomnia disorder, on the other hand, without co-morbidity has been shown to be a risk factor for depression and other mental disorders. It is postulated that the relationships between insomnia and mental disorders are bi-directional and that the treatment of insomnia may serve a a preventive strategy for mental illness.

Biosketch: Dieter Riemann obtained his Ph. D. in Psychology in 1988 at the University of Konstanz/Germany. He received his clinical and scientific training at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry/ Munich and the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim/Germany. Dieter Riemann became a full Professor of Clinical Psychophysiology at the Centre for Mental Disorders of Freiburg University Medical Centre/ Germany in 1993. Since 2013 he heads his own Department at Freiburg University Medical Centre. From 2006 – 2008 he held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical School/NY. From 2007-2013 he was a member of the APA´s work group sleep disorders for DSM 5. From 2008 – 2016 he was treasurer of the European Sleep Research Society. In 2009 he founded the European Insomnia Network (EIN). Since 2015 he is a Visiting Professor at Oxford University (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences) for the SCNi.

Dr. Riemann has been active in sleep medicine and sleep research for almost three decades and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and given numerous presentations at national and international meetings. Since 2017 he is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sleep Research. His present work focuses mainly on different aspects of insomnia including diagnostics, epidemiology, therapeutics and neurobiology. Dr. Riemann is a board certified clinical psychologist with an approbation for cognitive-behavioral therapy. Furthermore, he is a certified clinical supervisor for CBT. He directs the sleep lab of the Centre for Mental Disorder and its Clinical Psychology service and is a certified somnologist (DGSM/ ESRS).

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