Circadian rhythm disorders are disruptions in a person’s circadian rhythm or “internal body clock,” which regulates our 24 hour sleep-wake cycle.
What causes circadian rhythm disorders?
Circadian rhythm disorders can be caused by many factors, including:
- Shift work
- Time zone changes
- Changes in routine
What are the different types of circadian rhythm sleep disorders?
- Jet Lag
- Shift work sleep disorder
- Delayed sleep phase syndrome
- Advanced sleep phase syndrome
- Non 24-hour sleep wake disorder
What are the effects of circadian rhythm disorders?
- Sleep loss
- Excessive sleepiness
- Impaired work performance
- Disrupted social schedules
- Stressed relationships
How are circadian rhythm disorders treated?
Treatment depends on the type of disorder diagnosed. The goal of treatment is to fit a person’s sleep pattern into a schedule that can allow them to meet the demands of their lifestyle.