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Treating Shift Work Disorder


Late at night, as most of us sleep, there are millions of people working to keep us safe, provide medical care and create new products as we dream. These people are shift workers, and they fight a constant battle with their internal circadian rhythm. Because these rhythms are very much controlled by light and dark, […]

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How Seasons Affect Moods


Most people experience some sort of change in their mood and behavior when the seasons turn. Shifts in the amount of available environmental light over the seasons may have a profound effect on your body chemistry. Some individuals notice a decrease in energy levels and require more sleep as the light decreases. Other potential behavioral […]

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Diagnosing SAD


Diagnosing Seasonal Affective Disorder can be tricky. There is no test for it. And since it is related to seasonal patterns it can take a few years of observation to make that connection. But if your symptoms can be traced to the┬ácauses of seasonal affective disorder┬áthen your treatment can be much more effective. The first […]

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Treating Sleep Disorders With Bright Light Therapy


Before going straight to sleep medications or stimulants for patients with sleep disorders, try prescribing bright light therapy (also called phototherapy). Many find it useful for patients with insomnia, and circadian rhythm disorders such as delayed sleep phase disorder, advanced sleep phase disorder and jet lag. Bright light therapy is also helpful for patients with […]

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Resetting the Sleep Clock


Resetting the Sleep Clock Could Decrease Symptoms of Depression Individuals with depression often experience disrupted sleep patterns. This change in sleep structure can exacerbate the symptoms of depression, increasing fatigue and negative affect. When deprived of sleep, certain neurotransmitters are more active, producing more dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. Additionally, deprivation can affect the metabolism within […]

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