The Latest Trends in Sleep Medicine

Circadian Sleep Disorders

Author(s): Lawrence Chan* and Meena Khan

Pp: 20-38 (19)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815051032122010005

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Circadian rhythm disorders are a group of sleep disorders where one’s endogenous circadian clock for sleep does not align with one’s environmental sleep wake schedule. The misalignment leads to complaints of poor sleep and wake time consequences such as excessive sleepiness, poor concentration, and even mood symptoms. Treatments vary depending on the disorder, but consist of re-entraining the circadian sleep clock using bright light and melatonin as well as developing sleep promoting behaviors.

Keywords: Advanced sleep phase disorder, Circadian clock, Circadian rhythm disorders, Delayed sleep phase disorder, Dim light melatonin onset, Irregular sleep-wake disorder, Jet lag disorder, Minimum body temperature, Non-24 hour disorder, Shift work disorder

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