Do I Have Circadian Rhythm Disorder?

Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep as a result of rotating shifts at work, extensive travel in different time zones, or feel “off” after daylight savings time shifts? Your inability to get a good night’s sleep may be a result of circadian rhythm disorder.

What Are the Symptoms of Circadian Rhythm Disorder?

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, have difficulty concentrating during the day as a result, or have started experiencing a slip in your performance at work or school, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. If you have other family members who have also been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, work irregular shifts that prevent you from getting regular exposure to sunlight, or always feel like your internal clock is out of sync, you should definitely have an evaluation with a sleep specialist, such as Dr. Malhotra, who can evaluate and diagnose your condition.

How Is Circadian Rhythm Disorder Diagnosed?

Because lifestyle plays such a big role in the development of circadian rhythm disorder, your evaluation with Dr. Malhorta will include a conversation about your current work and sleep habits, as well as your medical history and family history of sleep disorders. There are different types of circadian rhythm disorder you can be diagnosed with, depending on your situation, including: delayed sleep phase syndrome, advanced sleep phase disorder, shift work disorder, and jet lag.

How Is Circadian Rhythm Disorder Treated?

The goal of treatment is to ensure that you reset your circadian clock. This can involve the use of bright light therapy, behavior therapy, or making lifestyle modifications. For some patients, medications may be required to treat the disorder. Sleep devices may also be used to help reset your circadian clock.

If you believe you may be suffering from a circadian rhythm disorder, it is important to see a doctor who specializes in sleep medicine in order to properly diagnose and treat your condition. Dr. Malhotra is a trusted sleep specialist in CT, who is known for diagnosing and treating all kinds of sleep disorders. Call (203) 422-7940 today, or schedule an appointment using this form.

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