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The circadian rhythm is simply explained as our 24-hour internal clock of the brain. It is responsible for influencing our alertness when it is light, and our sleepiness, when it is dark.

 

Circadian Rhythm Disorders are when sleep-wake cycles are not properly aligned with the environment which interrupts our daily activities. A person may have insomnia or could be excessively sleepy during the day. Travelers, shift workers, blind people, and pregnant women are a few at risk of having Circadian Rhythm Disorders.

Circadian Rhythm Disorders include:

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is when a person falls asleep very late and then have a difficult time waking up. Young adults and teenagers experience this the most.

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Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

affects most people who are blind because their circadian clock is not synced with dark and light. This creates a serious lack of sleep time and affect the quality of sleep. A person will find themselves going to bed and waking up later and later as time moves on.

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Non-24-hour Sleep-Wake Rhythm Disorder

means there is no clear wake or sleep pattern. One would take several naps throughout the day.

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Irregular Sleep-Wake Rhythm

affects people who work nights or rotating shifts during times of normal sleep hours. A person may be unable to sleep or remain sleep, feel consistently fatigue, and/or not well rested.

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder

is the inability of your body to adjust to a new time once you’ve quickly travelled across multiple time zones. Flight attendants, pilots and locomotive engineers just to name a few at most risk.

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Jet Lag

causes a person to fall asleep earlier than a normal bedtime and wake up hours earlier than most people. This usually occurs with older people.

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Advanced Sleep-Wake Phase

You may take the following survey to assist in identifying your most optimal Circadian Rhythm.

**If you or your partner are experiencing any of these symptoms, please see your primary care physician and/or check with your insurance company for an in-network sleep provider.If you are unsure if you should see a provider, or if seeing a provider is not on your radar at this time, schedule a 30-min consultation for more information.