Circadian Rhythm disorders are common and often unrecognized.  These disorders result from loss of synchronization between the body’s internal clock  and the day-night cycle.


Common types of this disorder include:


1.      Delayed phase circadian rhythm disorder- This often affects young adults.  Patient cannot fall asleep until 2-4 AM and can not get up before 11 AM to noon.  If demands of college or work require them to get up early,  they are tired and sleepy the rest of the day. 

2.      Advance phase circadian rhythm disorder – The patient gets an irresistible desire to sleep around 6-8 PM and then they wake up at 2-3 AM. They cannot fall back to sleep no matter how hard they try, even if they take sleeping pills.  This interferes with social activities and may even result in marital difficulties.

3.      Irregular sleep awake cycle- Older patients and nursing home patients are often affected.  The patient naps often during the daytime and sleeps at night is broken 2-3 hour segments. 


Most of these disorders can be easily corrected.  If you think we can be of help please get in touch with Dr. Gupta at