Consequences of circadian disruption on neurologic health

Aleksandar Videnovic*, Phyllis C. Zee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Circadian rhythms have a major role in physiology and behavior. Circadian disruption has negative consequences for physiologic homeostasis at molecular, cellular, organ-system, and whole-organism levels. The onset of many cerebrovascular insults shows circadian temporal trends. Impaired sleep-wake cycle, the most robust output rhythms of the circadian system, is significantly affected by neurodegenerative disorders, may precede them by decades, and may also affect their progression. Emerging evidence suggests that circadian disruption may be a risk factor for these neurologic disorders. This article discusses the implications of circadian rhythms in brain disorders, with an emphasis on cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-480
Number of pages12
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Alzheimer
  • Cerebrovascular
  • Circadian
  • Clock genes
  • Huntington
  • Parkinson
  • Sleep
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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