Overview and Description of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders

Kathryn Jean Reid*

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Circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD) are sleep disorders that result from a misalignment between the endogenous circadian system and the desired sleep-wake schedule. The etiology varies depending on the disorder but is thought to be the result of either an alteration in the endogenous circadian timing system or a mismatch between the endogenous circadian timing system and the external environment (e.g., jet lag and shift work). The diagnosis of these disorders is primarily based on medical review of symptoms, which vary depending on which of the nine CRSD are present. The sleep complaint must lead to significant impairment in social or occupational functioning, and may not be the result of any other medical, neurological, or psychiatric disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786111
ISBN (Print)9780123786104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Advanced sleep phase
  • Circadian
  • Delayed sleep phase
  • Free-running disorder
  • Jet lag
  • Shift work disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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