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Welcome to Non-24.com, your resource about Non-24-Hour Disorder
Like many people, you may be experiencing sleep challenges you don't understand, nights of sleeplessness, and days when you fight to stay awake.
This may sound like a sleep disorder, but it's actually Non-24-Hour Disorder (Non-24), a circadian rhythm disorder.
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FDA approves Hetlioz: first treatment for non-24 hour sleep-wake disorder in blind individuals
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Hetlioz (tasimelteon), a melatonin receptor agonist, to treat non-24- hour sleep-wake disorder (“non-24”) in totally blind individuals. Non-24 is a chronic circadian rhythm (body clock) disorder in the blind that causes problems with the timing of sleep. This is the first FDA approval of a treatment for the disorder.
Non-24 occurs in persons who are completely blind. Light does not enter their eyes and they cannot synchronize their body clock to the 24-hour light-dark cycle.
The human Circadian Rhythm is the daily cycle that drives many physiologic activities in our body from digestion to hormone secretions to our ability to sleep.
The timing of human sleep is governed by the length of time since a person last slept and by their master body clock. The master body clock is located in a region of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). This master body clock controls the timing of many aspects of physiology, behavior and metabolism that show daily rhythms, including the sleep-wake cycles, body temperature, alertness and performance, metabolic rhythms and certain hormones which exhibit circadian variation. Outputs from the SCN control many endocrine rhythms including those of melatonin secretion by the pineal gland as well as the control of cortisol secretion via effects on the hypothalamus, the pituitary and the adrenal glands.
In most people, circadian rhythms match the 24-hour day by adjusting to environmental cues, the most powerful one being light. When a person's master body clock is misaligned to the 24 hour day-night cycle, it may result in a circadian rhythm disorder.
I had never thought about how being blind may affect a person's circadian rhythm...very interesting.
However, if you are not blind, there is a much easier way than taking drugs to reset one's body clock: Camping.
How simple is that?
Healthier than taking drugs, too.
And while it's not possible for everyone to go camping all the time, the scientists say that some small, simple changes to the way we live our lives could help us attain some of the benefits of sleeping under the stars.
"Start off your day with a walk outside," said Prof Wright.
"At night reduce lights in the house, dim computer and electronic devices. We are sensitive to dim light levels, even the light from cell phones in the evening hours is a cue that pushes our clocks to a later time."
so, to me, this looks like another instance of "them" (be it big pharma, government, what have you) wanting to "medicate" a "condition" that isn't actually a condition....the only "condition" i can see here, is another form the continued conditionING of conformity....the moronic advocacy for groupthink whereby if you don't eat/sleep/think/act like "normal people" (which they define), then there's something wrong with you, and you need a pill to get you in line with what's "normal"..yeah, sounds about right...
i sleep when i'm tired, wake up when i'm done sleeping...as i'm STILL unemployed, and unable to find work(fodder for another thread), this non-pattern pattern works for me... sometimes i'm a day person, sometimes i'm a night person....though i must confess a preference for nights...it's quieter. however, less places are open in the middle of the night...that's really the only drawback, loledit on 27-2-2014 by Daedalus because: (no reason given)
reply to post by watchesfromwall
all it really is about is that some drug company has a new drug or found a use for another and wants to make bucks off of it.
chances are this company is the only one that produces said drug and want to capitalize on it.
To me, you're response is Spot-on!
If you are having trouble finding work, then you might qualify for disability benefits or at least the disability classification to help you find a job (information from their website). But you must conform to their meds, I believe.