Poor sleep from a circadian rhythm disorder can be a common cause of chronic illness. Read more here.
Natural light stimulates the optic nerves which send messages to the brain and triggers the body’s circadian rhythms. This allows people to be synchronized with the earth’s 24-hour cycle.1 When a person is out of phase with day and night, hormones, chemicals, and neurotransmitters are released at the wrong times, leading to imbalances in the body’s systems. Circadian Rhythm Disorder can be a temporary condition in which the body’s rhythm can be easily restored with a few lifestyle adjustments, or chronic, in which the body can’t get back on track.
There are two main types of CRD: Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome (a person falls asleep earlier and wakes up earlier), and Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (a person falls asleep later and wakes up later).2
Light therapy is a very gentle method for resetting the body’s circadian rhythms and reestablishing natural patterns of hormone production and sleep/wake cycles. Read more about blue light technology.
Additional Information about Circadian Rhythm Disorder
- Common symptoms of circadian rhythm disorder
- Common causes of circadian rhythm disorder
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- Dietary and lifestyle recommendations that may help in the treatment of circadian rhythm disorder
- Conventional or prescription medications used in the treatment of circadian rhythm disorder
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