People who have specific circadian rhythm disorders that are not temporary can get treatment from a sleep specialist. For most people, however, taking sedatives and stimulants is not an appropriate medical solution. Instead, managing circadian rhythms with UV light therapy, melatonin supplements, and a regular sleep schedule is the best approach to treatment.
Because sleep disorders are so closely associated with substance abuse, more detox and rehabilitation programs are screening for these conditions so they can be treated concurrently. Co-occurring disorders should be fully addressed in addiction treatment, including during detox, since insomnia and hypersomnia are both associated with withdrawal symptoms.
With comprehensive treatment, those who struggle with substance abuse and sleep-wake disorders can effectively achieve recovery. By addressing both conditions, the chances of relapse are reduced.
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