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How can you take care of yourself when you have non-24-hour-sleep-wake disorder?

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Along with treatment, look for creative ways to adjust to your shifting sleep patterns.

You may need to ask your boss for flexible working hours. If you're a student, consider taking classes online or viewing lectures on video. Ask your school about getting a flexible exam schedule or a lighter course load.

Keep in mind that Non-24 is a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Schools and employers must make reasonable accommodations for you, such as part-time or altered schedules.

SOURCES:

Circadian Sleep Disorders Network: "Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder."

National Sleep Foundation: "What Is Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder?" "Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder," "Sleep Drive and Your Body Clock."

National Institutes of Health: "Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Circadian Sleep Disorders Network: "Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder."

National Sleep Foundation: "What Is Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder?" "Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder," "Sleep Drive and Your Body Clock."

National Institutes of Health: "Circadian Rhythms Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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