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Sleeplessness and Circadian Rhythm Disorder (cont.)

Outlook

The following provide an outlook into some sleep disorders:

  • Jet lag: This is a transient condition that has a good prognosis.

  • Shift work: Abrupt changes in schedule and counterclockwise shifts are associated with daytime sleepiness and impaired performance. Older persons may not adjust well to shift changes.

  • DSPS: This is typically seen in adolescents and young adults. This sleep pattern often resolves in adulthood.

  • ASPS: This is prominent in the elderly and often responds well to a combination of behavioral and pharmacologic intervention.

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