Patients suffering from sleep disorders could soon benefit from a new and faster way to diagnose and treat them, thanks to a new model proposed by an international team of researchers, reports Penn State News.

“The International Classification of Sleep Disorders association has identified over 80 different sleep disorders with associated treatments,” said Guanjie Huang, a doctoral student in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology who is leading the project. “A correct classification of the patient’s sleep stage is a prerequisite and an essential step to effectively diagnose and treat these sleep disorders.”

For the nearly 70 million Americans that suffer from one or more of these sleep disorders, such as insomnia, narcolepsy and apnea, their health could be negatively impacted if left untreated. The team’s proposed method could help doctors to speed up a diagnosis or allow patients to monitor sleep conditions on their own.