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Circadian Rhythms and Insomnia

  • Leon C. Lack
  • Helen R. Wright
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Abstract

Because our circadian rhythms have a strong influence on sleepiness/alertness, inappropriate timing of these rhythms with respect to the attempted sleep period can produce insomnia. Relatively delayed circadian rhythms have been associated with sleep-onset insomnia and advanced or early timed rhythms have been associated with early morning awakening insomnia. Therefore, management of these insomnias need to include treatments, such as bright light and melatonin, that will retime the circadian rhythms to be more in synchrony with the timing of sleep.

Keywords

Circadian rhythms, Delayed sleep phase Advanced sleep phase Insomnia Bright-light therapy Melatonin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leon C. Lack
    • 1
  • Helen R. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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