by Jill Mariano
Circadian rhythm sleep disorders are a group of sleep disorders that affect the timing of sleep. People with this disorder are unable to sleep and wake at the times required for the norms of their schedules and social needs. They usually are ale to get enough sleep (if allowed) to sleep and wake at the times determined by their body alarms. However due to the circadian clock, sleepiness does not continuously increase as time passes. Therefore the body is prepared for sleep and for wakefulness at different times of the day.
This article was interesting to me because I have suffered from irregular sleep schedules for the majority of my life. Although it was not this disorder specifically, it still stood out to me. I wonder if the treatments listed (behavior therapy, bright light therapy, medications such as melatonin, etc.) provide permanent relief? Or is continual use of these treatments mandatory?