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To sun lamps help with circadian rhythm disorder?

To sun lamps help with circadian rhythm disorder?

They do: I've been practicing medicine in the midwest for 23 years. Between october and march, we may get 2-3 minutes worth of sun in 6 months. Vitamind deficiency is scarily common here, so anything that can safely provide light therapy without increasing skin damage i strongly recommend.Sorry, i might have exaggerated a bit on the midwest sunlight thing. We get 10 minutes... ...Read more

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Rhythm (Definition)

Rhythm "any regular recurring motion, symmetry may be generally defined as a movement marked by the regulated succession of strong and weak elements, or of opposite or different conditions, this general meaning of regular recurrence or pattern in time may be applied to a wide variety of cyclical natural phenomena having a periodicity or frequency of anything microseconds ...Read more


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How do you use a sun lamp for a circadian rhythm disorder?

Morning: It must be full spectrum white light. These are expensive. Used for "winter blues", technically known as seasonal adaptive disorder causing depression. Exposure to this light for about 2 hours at sunrise is often curative. The incas used to lie down at sunrise to expose themselves to the sun as part of their health program. ...Read more

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Are circadian rhythm disorders hereditary?

Are circadian rhythm disorders hereditary?

Circadian rhythm: Good question. The short and long answer is yes. Advanced sleep phase and delayed have a well-established genetic link. The other circadian disturbances are not so well established (free running type or irregular sleep/wake schedule. ...Read more

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What's better: to find and keep my own circadian rhythm, or try to orientate my rhythms to the sun?

Circadian external: Unfortunately the circadian rhythm has to do with all external factors not our own "internal clock" since that is under another mechanism of homeostatic sleep drive. To orient yourself, using external clues like th sun is important. Don't underestimate unplanned light (like computers, televisions and phones) that are working against us (esp. At night). ...Read more

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What's better: to find and keep my own circadian rhythm, or try to orientate my rhythms to the sun?

Body rhythms: Ah, this is a philosophical question. It is not important which you choose, as neither is necessarily the "right" one. It is important that you choose the one that aligns with your body-mind-spirit. It takes some knowing yourself to do this. There certainly are people who are night owls and this works for them. But, in general, unless you have special needs, aligning with the sun is always good. ...Read more

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I think I broke my circadian rhythm. I'm now waking up before the sun even comes up. How to reset it?

Takes time : Jet lag recovery takes time, some say a full day for every hour of time zone change to fully recover. Use morning coffee, daylight exposure and exercise to maintain alertness and try and stay up until "bed time" at your destination (even if destination is "home"!). ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders? Examples?

Sleep phase disorder: Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders can occur for a number of reasons, and can best be assessed initially by a Psychologist or Physician expert in sleep disorders. A sleep study is usually ordered if the Doc believes it is a true Circadian Rhythm disorder as opposed to sleep habits. Don't let it go, sleep is a central component to overall health and emotional health. ...Read more

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How does melatonin relate to circadian rhythm disorder?

Melatonin: Melatonin feeds the system in regards to pineal glad. Melatonin is the "anti light hormone" so when our body should be preparing for sleep at night, melatonin is secreted telling us to prepare for sleep. What it is not is a sleep aid. Taking supplemental melatonin can be helpful if we are relatively difficient or are trying to iatrogenically adjust our rhythm (shift work, jet lag, etc). ...Read more

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What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

What are circadian rhythm sleep disorders related to sleep paralysis and nightmares?

Sleep Paralysis: Nightmares and sleep paralysis occur in rem sleep which increases in latter part of the night so if you have delayed sleep phase syndrome along with intermittent arousals it could wake you up in rem sleep. ...Read more

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Having circadian rhythm disorder since past 5 years. Sleeping pattern always messes up. What holistic supplements can be used to address this?

Having circadian rhythm disorder since past 5 years. Sleeping pattern always messes up. What holistic supplements can be used to address this?

Neurotransmitter: lab test from NeuroScience lab www.neurorelief.com may prove helpful. They provide supplement formulas to address any imbalances found. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Circadian Rhythm (Definition)

The circadian rhythm (biological clock) is the daily cycle of physical and mental activity in the body, based on a 24-hour period. The circadian rhythm helps regulate a person's sleep/wake cycle, and is affected by variations in the environment, such as the amount of daylight, the length of the night, the ...Read more