What is Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder?
ASPD is an uncommon sleep disorder. It affects the human body’s natural circadian rhythm. The patient will grow tired and be ready to sleep in the early evening. Often around 6:00-8:00, They will also find themselves awake around 3:00 or so. They will be unable to fall back asleep, and find it difficult to fight sleep in the early evenings.
While ASPD is not harmful to ones health, it can make life difficult for those who suffer from it. It can make dealing with day to day life nearly impossible, and can put a strain on the patient’s family life.
Who Does ASPD Affect?
While doctor’s are still unsure of what causes ASPD, it seems to affect older people more often than not. Yes, you can suffer from ASPD at any age, but it usually affects older patients. It also seems to have a strong genetic link. If you suffer from Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder, there is a 50% chance that you will pass it on to your children.
Luckily, the treatment for ASPD is fairly simple. Bright light therapy can be used in the evenings, or behaviorally with chronotherapy. While not unhealthy in and of itself, if a person that suffers from ASPD suffers from constant sleep deprivation while trying to regulate their sleep schedule, it can lead to other sleep disorders.