Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is one of the most common sleep disorders among patients reported in sleep centers about which many people are still unaware of. Circadian rhythm is basically a terminology used for biological clock of the human body that regulates scheduling of biological processes around 24 hours. A sleep disorder associated with this biological clock refers to the disturbance in your sleeping and waking up patterns when your sleep-wake cycle gets badly misaligned.
Symptoms of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
Few common symptoms among affected people includes:
- Unable to fall asleep quickly
- Decreased cognitive skills
- Uncontrollable laziness during daytime
- Feeling dizzy for almost the whole day
- Getting up again and again with more than two intervals
- Unable to maintain quality sleep
- Difficulty in coordination with other people
- Difficulty in performing any job
- Unable to concentrate on anything in one go
- Gastrointestinal distress
Causes of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
There are some prominent causes which result in circadian rhythm sleep disorder in many people due to either their work nature or routine lives.
Rotational Job Nature
People who have rotational job nature are very prone to this sleep disorder when they are unable to follow one pattern for sleeping. It is a natural feeling of any person to feel dizzy when it is night time or everyone else is sleeping around him/her. This is when a person starts feeling a lot of fatigue and exhaustion consistently resulting in poorer quality of sleep when they finally get time to sleep.
It is a condition when people have to frequently travel to places across different time zones and feel difficulty in adjusting themselves again and again. Also, the number of different time zones crossed by a person have an adverse effect on severity of sleep disorder. Usually, a person may take one to one and a half hour to adjust between two time zones while this adjustment badly affects the person’s mind when the number of time zones traveled increases or the travelling becomes frequent.
People who are already suffering from any neurological disease have high chances of having circadian rhythm sleep disorder. Especially patients of Alzheimer disease are most reported to have this sleep disorder along with other neurological issues. Many similar cases are reported with sleep disruption and confusion in these patients.
There are people who prefer complete silence and black out around their bed before sleeping but not all can make such an environment for themselves. For instance, people working at places around very noisy areas especially in manufacturing industries and factories are reported to have disturbed condition of mind and thus get affected with this sleep disorder. Also, too many lights and elevated room temperatures for people having rotational job nature or especially night shifts affect their minds to severe condition of this sleep disorder.
Non 24 Hours Sleep-Wake Rhythm
It is a kind of constant sleep-wake cycle which follows more than 24 hours to complete. This means a person gets a delay of one to two hour each day in his/her sleep pattern. However, it is more common among blind people who follow their own schedule and timings of 24 hours don’t mind them as such. However, this disorder results in drastic reduction in sleep timing of patients who feels helpless to have a quality sleep.
Delayed Sleep-Wake Phase Syndrome
It is related to timing of people to fall asleep when they face too much difficulty in sleeping that result in falling asleep very late at night. Timings in this condition usually vary from 3am to 5am for sleeping while 10am to 12pm in afternoon for waking up. This makes them unable to get up on time for their work or schooling next morning due to lack of sleep and sometimes they feel helpless to even open their eyes.
Advanced Sleep-Wake Phase Syndrome
It is an opposite condition of delayed sleep-wake phase syndrome where people get to sleep quite early and get up very early the next morning. The timings vary from 5pm to 7pm in the evening while 3am to 5am in the morning. These are a bit unusual timing but a person cannot help themselves and has to consider proper sleep disorders treatments Maryland.