Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Sleep Disorders

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Having trouble synchronising your sleep-wake cycle? Circadian rhythm sleep disorder can disrupt your daily routine, leaving you feeling fatigued and disoriented. Do you experience:

If you’re grappling with these symptoms, know that support is available. We’re here to offer guidance and assistance in regulating your circadian rhythm for a more restful and rejuvenating sleep experience.

Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

What is Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Circadian rhythm sleep disorder is a condition where your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is disrupted, making it challenging to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up feeling rested. This disorder can lead to persistent fatigue, daytime sleepiness, and difficulty functioning at work or school. 

It’s often characterised by a misalignment between your internal body clock and the external environment, which can be influenced by factors such as shift work, jet lag, or irregular sleep schedules. If you’re struggling with circadian rhythm sleep disorder, know that you’re not alone, and seeking support can help you regain control over your sleep patterns and improve your overall well-being.

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Symptoms of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Experiencing symptoms of circadian rhythm sleep disorder can be incredibly challenging and disruptive to your daily life. You may notice:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at the desired time
  • Frequently waking up during the night, disrupting your sleep pattern
  • Trouble staying asleep until your desired wake-up time, leading to early morning awakenings
  • Feeling fatigued or unrefreshed upon waking, despite having slept
  • Daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty concentrating due to poor sleep quality

 

These symptoms can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, affecting your mood, energy levels, and overall quality of life.

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Causes of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

Circadian rhythm sleep disorder can arise from various factors, often intertwining to disrupt your sleep-wake cycle:

Shift work

Working irregular hours or rotating shifts can disrupt your body's natural sleep patterns, leading to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep at the desired times.

Jet lag

Travelling across time zones can disrupt your circadian rhythm, causing temporary sleep disturbances until your body adjusts to the new schedule.

Delayed sleep phase syndrome

Individuals with this disorder have a natural tendency to fall asleep and wake up later than what is considered typical, making it challenging to adhere to conventional sleep schedules.

Advanced sleep phase syndrome

Conversely, individuals with this disorder have an earlier-than-normal sleep schedule, leading to early evening sleepiness and early morning awakenings, which can interfere with social or work commitments.

Medical Conditions

Medical conditions, such as neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease, affects brain regions responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles, leading to disturbances in the sleep pattern.

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Do You Need To Get Help For Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder

If you find yourself struggling with persistent disruptions to your sleep patterns and experiencing symptoms like persistent insomnia or fatigue, it’s important to seek help for circadian rhythm sleep disorder. These disruptions can make it challenging to meet the demands of work or school schedules and may significantly impact your daily functioning and overall well-being. 

Remember, seeking support is a proactive step towards improving your sleep quality and reclaiming control over your daily life.

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Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder Treatment Options with Dr SH Wong

Our goal is to enhance your sleep quality, improve your daytime functioning, and foster your overall well-being. We aim to address any underlying factors contributing to your sleep disturbances, including other medical conditions, while helping you establish healthy sleep habits and reduce reliance on medications.

Sleep Hygiene Practices

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, optimising the sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits can promote better sleep quality and enhance the alignment of the sleep-wake cycle.

Sleep Hygiene Practices

Establishing a consistent sleep schedule, optimising the sleep environment, and adopting healthy habits can promote better sleep quality and enhance the alignment of the sleep-wake cycle.

Medication

Medications may be prescribed to regulate sleep patterns and address any underlying issues contributing to circadian rhythm disturbances. These medications are tailored to individual needs and may include sleep aids or medications to address specific sleep disorders.

Medication

Medications may be prescribed to regulate sleep patterns and address any underlying issues contributing to circadian rhythm disturbances. These medications are tailored to individual needs and may include sleep aids or medications to address specific sleep disorders.

Bright Light Therapy

This involves exposure to bright light, particularly in the morning, to help reset the body's internal clock and synchronise the sleep-wake cycle with the natural light-dark cycle. This therapy can be an effective treatment for circadian rhythm sleep disorders, particularly those related to delayed sleep phase or shift work.

Bright Light Therapy

This involves exposure to bright light, particularly in the morning, to help reset the body's internal clock and synchronise the sleep-wake cycle with the natural light-dark cycle. This therapy can be an effective treatment for circadian rhythm sleep disorders, particularly those related to delayed sleep phase or shift work.
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Your Guided Journey with Dr SH Wong

  • Make an Appointment

    Our staff will assist you with making your first appointment with Dr Wong.

  • First Session

    We'll lead you through medical assessments, including a sleep study in some cases, and delve into your medical and personal background during a relaxed conversation with Dr. Wong.

  • Follow-up Sessions

    We'll centre our discussions on exploring lifestyle influences, engaging in therapeutic dialogues, and considering any required medications to aid you on your path to better sleep.

Sleep Specialist & Psychiatrist

Dr SH Wong: Sleep Specialist for Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder Treatment in Singapore

Dr. Sheau Hwa Wong, a seasoned sleep specialist with over two decades of expertise, brings a compassionate approach to treating sleep disorders. Recognised for his empathetic demeanour, Dr. Wong is committed to providing holistic psychiatric care, tailored to each patient’s individual needs. Through his unwavering dedication, he empowers individuals to overcome sleep challenges and achieve a restful and fulfilling life.

FAQs

Questions You May Have

Simple habits like maintaining a regular sleep schedule, creating a relaxing bedtime routine, and ensuring your sleep environment is comfortable and conducive to rest can make a big difference in managing circadian rhythm sleep disorder.

Treatment options vary in effectiveness, with lifestyle changes often yielding positive outcomes over time. Behavioural strategies offer minimal side effects but require commitment, while medication may have short-term relief with potential side effects like drowsiness or dizziness. Your doctor will tailor a plan to your needs, ensuring the best balance of effectiveness and safety.

The timeline for seeing improvements in sleep can vary from person to person. Some people may experience noticeable improvements in sleep quality and daytime functioning relatively quickly after starting treatment, while others may require more time and adjustments to find an effective combination of interventions.

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