The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) launched a new website today, non24.sleepfoundation.org, to help individuals who have Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, a chronic circadian rhythm disorder. This online resource center helps people understand the disorder’s symptoms, prevalence, and available treatment options, and provides resources to manage the disorder.
All humans have a near-24-hour internal body clock that regulates their biological processes, including sleep. Light is the primary cue to restart these internal body clocks. For individuals with Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder, their internal body clocks, or circadian rhythms, are not synchronized with the 24-hour cycle. This leads to constantly changing sleep cycles which keep them from having a “typical” schedule.
Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder affects 70% of people who are totally blind and lack light perception, and some sighted individuals.
“Many people have trouble sleeping. A chronic circadian rhythm disorder is a serious, debilitating disorder that often disrupts a person’s ability to maintain a regular job and steady relationships, or participate in enjoyable activities,” says David Cloud, National Sleep Foundation CEO. “The National Sleep Foundation’s new Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder website helps people find the resources they need to understand and manage the disorder.”
Visit Non24.sleepfoundation.org for additional information and resources related to Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorder.
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving sleep health and safety through education, public awareness and advocacy. It is well-known for its annual Sleep in America poll. The Foundation is a charitable, educational and scientific not-for-profit organization located in Washington, DC. Its membership includes researchers and clinicians focused on sleep medicine, professionals in the health, medical and science fields, individuals, patients, families affected by drowsy driving and more than 900 healthcare facilities throughout North America. Please visit www.sleepfoundation.org for more information.