Diagnosis, Cause, and Treatment Approaches for Delayed Sleep-Wake Phase Disorder.

Research paper by Michelle M Magee, Emily M EM Marbas, Kenneth P KP Wright, Shantha M W SM Rajaratnam, Josiane L JL Broussard

Indexed on: 21 Aug '16Published on: 21 Aug '16Published in: Sleep Medicine Clinics


Delayed sleep-wake phase disorder (DSWPD) is commonly defined as an inability to fall asleep and wake at societal times resulting in excessive daytime sleepiness. Although the cause is multifaceted, delays in sleep time are largely driven by misalignment between the circadian pacemaker and the desired sleep-wake timing schedule. Current treatment approaches focus on correcting the circadian delay; however, there is a lack of data investigating combined therapies for treatment of DSWPD.