Irregular sleep-wake syndrome is sleeping without any real schedule.
Sleep-wake syndrome - irregular; Circadian rhythm sleep disorder - irregular sleep-wake type
This disorder is very rare. It usually occurs in people with a brain function problem who also don't have a regular routine during the day. The amount of total sleep time is normal, but the body clock loses its normal circadian cycle.
People with changing work shifts and travelers who often change time zones may also have these symptoms. These people have a different condition, such as shift work sleep disorder or jet lag syndrome.
Symptoms may include any of the following:
The goal of treatment is to help the person return to a normal sleep-wake cycle. This may involve:
The outcome is often good with treatment. But some people continue to have this disorder, even with treatment.
Most people have sleep disturbances on occasion. If this type of irregular sleep-wake pattern occurs regularly and without cause, see your provider.
Published Date: April 10, 2022
Published By: Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, VA New Jersey Health Care System, Clinical Assistant Professor, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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