At least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million experience sleeping problems. Our center's programs are designed to help you start sleeping again.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders (CRSD) are group of sleep disorders that are directly caused by a specific medical condition. People with these disorders have sleep times that seem to be out of alignment and tend to go to bed late or wake up early.
Circadian Rhythm Disorders include:
- Delayed sleep phase disorder
You fall asleep late (for example, between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.) every night. As a result you awaken at noon or in the afternoon every day.
- Advanced sleep phase disorder
You fall asleep early (for example at 6 p.m.) every night. As a result you awaken early every day (for example at 2 a.m.).
- Irregular sleep-wake rhythm
Your sleep pattern is broken up into short pieces. You sleep off and on in a series of naps over a 24-hour period.
- Free-running (non-entrained) type
Your sleep time happens later and later every day.
Individuals who may have a CRSD need to see a board certified sleep physician who can properly diagnose and treat the disorder. Treatment for CRSD may include light therapy, melatonin, and sleep scheduling.