Chapter 147. Circadian Sleep Disorders

  1. Robert P. Lisak MD, FAAN, FRCP Parker Webber Chair Professor Chair Neurologist-in-Chief Chief2,3,
  2. Daniel D. Truong MD, FAAN Head4,
  3. William M. Carroll MBBS, MD, FRACP, FRCP(E) Head5 and
  4. Roongroj Bhidayasiri MD, FRCP Director6,7
  1. Sergio Tufik MD, PhD Professor,
  2. Monica L. Andersen PhD Associate Professor,
  3. Lia R. A. Bittencourt MD, PhD Associate Professor and
  4. T. De Mello PhD Associate Professor

Published Online: 18 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch147

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

International Neurology: A Clinical Approach

How to Cite

Tufik, S., Andersen, M. L., Bittencourt, L. R. A. and De Mello, T. (2009) Circadian Sleep Disorders, in International Neurology: A Clinical Approach (eds R. P. Lisak, D. D. Truong, W. M. Carroll and R. Bhidayasiri), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317008.ch147

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

  2. 3

    Detroit Medical Center, Harper University Hospital, Detroit, MI, USA

  3. 4

    The Parkinson and Movement Disorder Institute, Memorial Neuroscience Institute, Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, Fountain Valley, CA, USA

  4. 5

    Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Perth, Australia

  5. 6

    Chulalongkorn Comprehensive Movement Disorders Center, Chulalongkorn University Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand

  6. 7

    University of California at Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP-EPM), São Paulo, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405157384

Online ISBN: 9781444317008



  • circadian sleep disorders;
  • suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of anterior hypothalamus;
  • regularity in sleep timing and duration - rhythmic behavior regulated by complex physiological and psychological factors;
  • delayed sleep phase type (DSP) - characterized by habitual sleep–wake times;
  • circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSD), characterized by desynchronization;
  • circadian rhythms, part of normal physiology and irregular sleep–wake pattern;
  • advanced sleep phase type (ASP), stable advance of major sleep period;
  • treatment tailored to severity of symptoms - comorbid psychopathology, school schedules, work obligations and social pressures


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Pathophysiology

  • Treatment

  • Conclusions

  • Further reading