Sleep- and dream behaviour of patients with eating disorders

(financed by Austrian National Bank (ÖNB)

The aim of the project was to examine the sleep and dream behaviour of patients with eating disorders (Anorexia and Bulimia) during a therapy program that lasted for several weeks. Besides sleep and dream diaries, two screening methods were used to describe the sleep-wake-cycle (actigraphes) and the REM/non-REM sleep (sleep masks or REM glasses). The goal of the study is to quantify changes in sleep and dream happenings during the week-long therapy and to describe differences between Anorexia and Bulimia patients. The results of the study will offer new possibilities for the diagnosis and also the creation of therapy approaches for eating disorders.