A brief history of circadian rhythm sleep disorders

Sabra M. Abbott*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The circadian rhythm sleep–wake disorders consist of several disorders in which an individual's circadian clock, often best observed through rest-activity patterns, is not appropriately aligned with the surrounding environment, or their social and work demands. This article will provide an overview of general circadian biology, followed by a discussion of each of the circadian rhythm sleep–wake disorders, focused on their history, pathophysiology and current treatment recommendations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-6, Second Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Circadian
  • Irregular
  • Light
  • Melatonin
  • Phase shift
  • Suprachiasmatic nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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