Circadian Rhythm Sleep DisordersMary Ellen Wells1* and Auburne Overton1
- Corresponding Author:
- Mary Ellen Wells
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Allied Health Sciences
301 A South Columbia StreetCB # 7120 Chapel Hill, NC27516, USA
Email: [email protected]
Received date: March 26, 2014; Accepted date: May 20, 2014; Published date: May 28, 2014
Citation: Mary Ellen Wells and Auburne Overton (2014) Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders. Primary Health Care 4:158. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000158
Copyright: ©2014 Wells ME, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Though the theories on the reasons why humans need to sleep vary, there is no disagreement that sleep is essential to our wellbeing and survival. External and internal physiological parameters dictate our own individual body “clocks,” or circadian rhythms. Typically, this clock runs very close to a 24-hour cycle of sleep and wakefulness. However, for some individuals, this clock can be slightly “off.” This article will discuss what creates internal circadian rhythms and the major types of circadian rhythm disorders, with an overview of diagnosis and treatment options.