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Infographic: Circadian rhythm sleep disorders and a global support group

Circadian Rhythm Sleep DisordersThe category of sleep disorders that involve the circadian system includes a wide variety of misalignments that can be, at the very least, frustrating, but at the very worst, disabling.

The Circadian Sleep Disorders Network (CSD-N) has created an excellent visual graphic of what these sleep disorders are.

[For a larger version of this infographic, click here.]

SHC is a big fan (and member) of the CSD-N. This independent nonprofit organization—unaffiliated with any pharmaceutical, medical device, or other company—is dedicated to improving the lives of people with chronic circadian rhythm disorders.

While the CSD-N is a US-based nonprofit patient organization, it serves a global circadian sleep disorders community.

The organization is entirely supported by member dues and contributions and the leaders are all unpaid volunteers.

They exist to increase awareness about circadian rhythm sleep disorders both within the medical community and among the general public.

CSD-N brochure, printable PDF

The CSD-N board is itself composed of members who suffer from these challenges, so you can expect them to provide emotional support and practical ideas for others living with these disorders.

These efforts include patient and healthcare provider treatment education, support for circadian system research, advocacy for workplace and classroom accommodations for those  suffering from circadian rhythm sleep disorders, and their free NiteOwl mailing list support group, especially helpful for people with DSPS and Non-24.

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2 Comments on Infographic: Circadian rhythm sleep disorders and a global support group

  1. Any views on the therapy that calls for viewing sunrise and sunset? Also magnet therapy to get aligned with the magnetic grid?

    • Hi Silva,

      Thanks for writing!

      Viewing sunrise and sunset is always good for keeping one’s circadian rhythms entrained. However, I’m not sure how effective any therapy that requires it would be, as ordinary people keep odd hours due to work demands. Personally, I rise with the sun (I have an east-facing bedroom window) so I usually don’t need an alarm for half the year. However, because I’m in the north, waiting for the sun to rise in order to wake up means a major shortage in my work day schedule. And if I quit working at sunrise, I’d lose at least 2 more hours of work time. So while it’s a noble idea, it’s not particularly practical. This is why I’m a big user of artificial light products to help maintain rhythms. They have really helped me tremendously.

      As for magnet therapy, I haven’t seen any legitimate science-based research that shows this to be useful. At any rate, the circadian system relies mostly on light exposure (and meal timing, secondarily) to keep us entrained, and these have no relationship to the magnetic grid that I’m aware of.

      The curator

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