The meaning of the physiological state “sleep” has changed massively in the last two decades. Initially, nocturnal sleep was regarded as a passive, resting or conserving state. Today, however, it is known that nocturnal sleep is highly dynamic and influences many life processes during the day, for example cognitive abilities, physical performance processes, but also the risk of disease.
In addition to an overview of the current technical status of clinical sleep medicine, new developments will be presented: contactless and mobile measurement procedures, automated sleep phase classification procedures and also non-clinical applications that are intended to support healthy sleep instrumentally.
Prof. Hagen Malberg is the Director of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at the TU Dresden, a member of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology and the Medical Faculty “Carl Gustav Carus”. As a medical technology engineer and somnologist, his scientific interest lies in the development of electrical and information technology procedures in the field of medical measurement technology and biosignal analysis as well as automation technology. In addition to sleep and cardiovascular medicine, areas of application are intensive care and transplant medicine as well as rehabilitation technology.