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How is light therapy used to treat delayed sleep phase syndrome?

How is light therapy used to treat delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Light therapy DPSD: There are two ways to treat this using like or lack of light. One way is to use a blocker sunglasses after 6 pm. They must be used very consistently. They block out the blu-rays that the ganglion cells on your retina absorbed and then send messages via your suprachiasmatic nucleus to your pineal gland and effect melatonin secretion. Stanfordhospital.Org/.../bright-light-therapy.Html bright light. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Delayed Sleep Phase (Definition)

Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) is a condition in which a person has a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, a chronic problem with the timing of his sleep, his peak period of alertness, his body temperature rhythm, etc..., compared to the average normal person. People with DSPS generally fall asleep hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning, but are not sleepy ...Read more


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Can melatonin be used to cure Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Can melatonin be used to cure Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Light therapy: Liight therapy can help with advanced sleep phase syndrome, by keeping you awake so that you go to sleep at a more "normal" time. Melatonin, on the other hand, can help with delayed sleep phase syndrome, to help you to go to sleep earlier. See a neurology or pulmonary sleep specialist for more help. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sleepdisorders.html ...Read more

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What is some treatment for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

What is some treatment for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Hygiene, etc: Improve sleep hygiene, chrontherapy (moving hour of sleep back systematically), bright light therapy, or melatonin. See . ...Read more

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How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

Sleep log: Usually the diagnostic workup begins with a 7 day sleep log and a questionnaire that determines your best time of performance. Medical, other sleep disorders and psychiatric illnessness must also be ruled out. A sleep study can also be helpful. ...Read more

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What's behavior therapy and how it is used to treat conduct disorder?

What's behavior therapy and how it is used to treat conduct disorder?

Violating rights: Conduct disorder involves chronically violating the rights of others, impulsivity and defying authority, and breaking laws. It is related to childhood maltreatment and lack of skill development. Behavior therapy can use behavior modification techniques such as rewards and punishments or cognitive behavioral therapy to change how a person thinks and thus behaves. Family therapy is also needed. ...Read more

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What is used to treat Orthostatic Hypotension at its mildest condition? Is prednisone used to treat it commonly ?

What is used to treat Orthostatic Hypotension at its mildest condition? Is prednisone used to treat it commonly ?

Orthostatic Hypotension: The condition needs careful diagnosis and a mechanistic review of possible causes. Treatment depends on the cause and can include specialized medicines such as Northera .Prednisone would be a bad choice. ...Read more

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Does melatonin play a role in seasonal affective disorder, and can it be used to treat it?

Does melatonin play a role in seasonal affective disorder, and can it be used to treat it?

Yes: Yes, Melatonin production in the body varies according to seasons, proximity to Equator etc. It can and does play a role in Seasonal affective disorder in a variety of ways. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really used to treat autism or behavior disorders?

Yes but Wrong: Altho in use in different places, as often the case with these things , there is no evidence of any effectiveness of this therapy. And the dangers....Beware. ...Read more

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Would moving to a different time zone help someone with dsps (delayed sleep phase syndrome)?

Would moving to a different time zone help someone with dsps (delayed sleep phase syndrome)?

No: Delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) results from a pathological alignment of one's sleep-wake schedule with one's internal biological clock. While moving to a different time zone could temporarily alleviate dsps, it is likely that one would slip back into a delayed sleep-wake schedule within weeks. See my other answers on dsps for effective treatments of dsps (am bright light, pm melatonin). ...Read more

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Help please! is chemotherapy or radiation therapy more commonly used to treat childhood leukaemia?

Help please! is chemotherapy or radiation therapy more commonly used to treat childhood leukaemia?

More and more: We are moving away from cranial radiation in leukemia if we can. Leukemia cells use the central nervous system as a sanctuary site (ie., they hide there, and in the testes too). For patients with CNS disease at diagnosis, radiation is still a part of treatment. However, for CNS negative patients, we now use repeated intrathecal therapy for CNS prophylaxis. CNS relapse treatment involves radiation. ...Read more

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Treatment of compulsive disorders hello: is naltrexone used to treat compulsive sexual disorders when they are non-responsive to ssri's? How long does it take for the medication to work? How long are patienst kept on this medication before they are weane

Experimental: Since i haven't heard of this treatment i would assume it is experimental. Most compulsive disorders wax and wane and are not entirely cured but managed by behavioral as well as medical interventions. I would thus expect Naltrexone to be used for extended periods of time if indeed it was helping. ...Read more

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Can I be prescribed medical cannabis for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Can I be prescribed medical cannabis for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Not responsibly: The actual contents and preparation of cannabis matters are not controlled or even known; the effects, therapeutic or otherwise are not studied, at least not for delayed sleep phase syndrome. ...Read more

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How is meds used in the treatment of sleep disorders?

How is meds used in the treatment of sleep disorders?

Medications: are NOT recommended in the treatment of sleep disorders! Sleep hygiene (sleep habits) must be addressed first! A sleep "study" may be necessary! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Who can administer a sleep test? What are the symptoms of narcolepsy? Is there a cure for chronic sleep paralysis? Where can I get it treated (US/UK)?

Who can administer a sleep test? What are the symptoms of narcolepsy? Is there a cure for chronic sleep paralysis? Where can I get it treated (US/UK)?

MSLT: A polysomnogram (overnight sleep test) followed by an MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) is reasonable to rule out sleep apnea and narcolepsy. There are effective treatments for both conditions including pharmacotherapy for narcolepsy. Although any physician may order these tests it would be wise to see a sleep physician. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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Light Therapy (Definition)

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