Jet lag and shift work disorder

Kathryn J. Reid*, Sabra M. Abbott

*Corresponding author for this work

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Jet lag and shift work disorder are circadian rhythm sleep-wake disorders resulting from behaviorally altering the sleep-wake schedule in relation to the external environment. Not everyone who experiences trans-meridian travel or performs shift work has a disorder. The prevalence of jet lag disorder is unclear, approximately 5%-10% of shift workers have shift work disorder. Treatment aims to realign the internal circadian clock with the external environment. Behavioral therapies include sleep hygiene and management of the light-dark and sleep schedule. Pharmacologic agents are used to treat insomnia and excessive sleepiness, and melatonin is used to facilitate sleep and circadian realignment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-535
Number of pages13
JournalSleep Medicine Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Circadian misalignment
  • Irregular schedules
  • Jet lag
  • Night work
  • Shift work
  • Sleep loss
  • Transmeridian travel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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