The Causes of Circadian Rhythm Disorder


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A circadian rhythm disorder is a condition that disrupts the timing of an individual's sleep patterns.

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The Causes of Circadian Rhythm Disorder

  1. 1. Circadian Rhythm Disorder The CausesA circadian rhythm disorder is a condition that disrupts the timing of anindividuals sleep patterns. This might not sound like a serious problem, aspeople who suffer from this sleep disorder are able to get sufficient rest ifallowed to follow their own body clocks. However, not being able to sleep atspecific times that society dictates makes it difficult to do things like: get towork on time, make it to class, attend meetings punctually etc. People whosuffer from circadian rhythm disorders generally get good quality sleep, itsjust that they cant keep the same sleep times as other "normal" sleepers.The bodys internal clock naturally follows a schedule of biologicalprocesses throughout a 24-hour period. A regular disruption of these
  2. 2. natural patterns often results from a contradiction between an individualsinternal (or body) clock and their environment. A circadian rhythmdisorder can hamper daily performance in other aspects of a persons lifeincluding work, school, musical or artistic performances as well as othersocial functions. Not being able to get to sleep at night can be a horrible experience - at night as well as throughout the following day. But it doesnt have to be that way - sometimes all it takes is a few lifestyle adjustments. Learn what you need to know to instantly fall asleep each night in the sleep ebook, Get to Sleep Now! 39 Ways to Guarantee Your ZZZs. Circadian rhythm disorders can be categorized into two types:Extrinsic - where outside forces affect our sleeping patterns,including:
  3. 3. Jet Lag Occurs when people travel over time zones and their body clock is not in sync with the new time. Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) Most commonly plagues those with shifts that prevent regular sleep times. Doctors and nurses are two professionals who are likely to suffer from this. Varying work schedules that may run all night long prevent a person from creating a regular sleep schedule, which prevents them from benefiting from healthy sleep cycles.Intrinsic - where our bodys clock is affecting our sleepschedule, which includes: Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD) This is common among those who consider themselves night owls. In this case, a person stays up very late, usually past 2 am, and has difficulty waking up in the morning. Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (ASPS) a.k.a Advanced Sleep Phase Type (ASPT)
  4. 4. Patients suffering from ASPS are so tired that they usually go to bed early in the evening - say around 7pm, and end up waking up very early in the morning - around 2am. Irregular Sleep Wake Rhythm Someone suffering from this sleep disorder typically sleeps frequently throughout the day, waking up multiple times at night and taking naps throughout the day. Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Syndrome (non-24) With this disorder, a person is able to get a full nights rest but their sleep schedule moves back later and later each day – moving their period of peak alertness with it.When a circadian rhythm disorder begins to negatively affect anindividuals life, it is time for a change. Some treatments include brightlight therapy and chronotherapy, which help reset a persons internal clock.Since people suffering from the extrinsic forms of circadian rhythm sleepdisorders are actually able to get a full nights rest (7-9 hours) in manycases, they must consider whether keepingthis erratic sleep schedule is viable. If yousuffer from this sleep disorder and youre one Related Articlesof the unlucky ones whose sleep suffersbecause of your job, ultimately you may have Why We Sleepto make a choice between healthy sleep and What is Insomnia?living versus a healthy paycheck. What is Sleep Apnea? What is Narcolepsy? Looping Dreams