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Sleeplessness and Circadian Rhythm Disorder (cont.)

What are the symptoms of circadian rhythm disorder?

Symptoms commonly found in persons with a circadian rhythm disorder related to the sleep-wake cycle can include the following:

  • Difficulty initiating sleep
  • Difficulty maintaining sleep
  • Nonrestorative sleep
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Poor concentration
  • Impaired performance, including a decrease in cognitive skills
  • Poor psychomotor coordination
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal distress

When should I call the doctor about circadian rhythm disorder?

Medical care may be necessary if any of the following occur:

  • When poor sleep for more than 1 month is accompanied by one or more of the following:
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Nonrefreshing sleep
  • Habitual snoring

What questions should I ask the doctor about circadian rhythm disorder?

A doctor may be able to answer questions about sleep-related issues. The following questions may help in identifying ways to improve sleep:

  • How can I make my environment more conducive to sleep?
  • Do any of my medications or herbal preparations cause insomnia?
  • How does caffeine influence my ability to fall asleep?
  • How can I minimize the effect of changing shift work on my ability to sleep?
  • How can I minimize the effect of jet lag when I travel?
  • What techniques can I use on my own to improve my ability to fall asleep and stay asleep?
  • How can I minimize my reaction to daytime stresses so I can fall asleep?
  • How does my family history influence my likelihood of having a sleep disorder?
  • What can I do to help my teenager not only fall asleep but also wake up in time for school?
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/27/2016
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