Circadian Rythm Disorders and Your Health
The exact causes, symptoms, and risk factors vary person to person and disorder by the disorder. Generally shared symptoms include fatigue, grogginess, trouble concentrating, and struggling to stay alert when a person should be awake and energized. It is also important to consider whether another sleep disorder might be occurring, such as sleep apnea. Medications, substance use or abuse, medical conditions including obesity, hormone shifts such as during menopause, and mental health disorders can also cause or exacerbate some sleep disorders. Of course, there are also instances where a person knows the cause of their short-term sleep disorder, such as a change in their work shift or traveling.