Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders in Adolescents

S. J. Crowley, Robert R Auger

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Developmental changes in sleep regulatory processes contribute to late sleep patterns often observed in adolescent humans. Delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD), the most common circadian rhythm sleep disorder in adolescents, may be an exaggeration of this normal developmental change or may originate from distinct pathways. This article briefly reviews changes in sleep regulation in healthy adolescents, and then focuses primarily on DSPD in adolescents. Prevalence rates, diagnostic features, associated impairments, possible etiologies, and treatment strategies of DSPD in this population are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786111
ISBN (Print)9780123786104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Actigraphy
  • Adolescence
  • Adolescent
  • Circadian timing system
  • Delayed sleep phase disorder
  • Dim light melatonin onset (DLMO)
  • Homeostatic sleep/wake system
  • Insomnia
  • Light
  • Melatonin
  • Phase response curve
  • School start time
  • Sleep
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Sleep regulation
  • Sleepiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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