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Contact: Jim Arcuri
American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Practice parameters discuss the evaluation, treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders

WESTCHESTER, Ill. - Practice parameters published in the November 1 issue of the journal SLEEP are a guide to the appropriate assessment and treatment of circadian rhythm sleep disorders (CRSDs). The standards will have a positive impact on professional behavior, patient outcomes and possibly health care costs.

The AASM's Standards of Practice Committee, who developed the practice parameters, commissioned content experts in CRSDs to review and grade evidence in the peer-reviewed scientific literature regarding the assessment and treatment of CRSDs.

The following are highlights of recommendations for the evaluation and therapy of CRSDs:

Standards (generally accepted patient-care strategies that reflects a high degree of clinical certainty):

Guidelines (patient-care strategies that reflects a moderate degree of clinical certainty):

Options (patient-care strategies that which reflect uncertain clinical use):

"The expanding science of circadian rhythm biology and a growing literature in human clinical research on CRSDs prompted the AASM to convene a task force of experts to write a review of this important topic," said Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., one of the committee members. "These practice parameters reflect the state of knowledge at the time of development and will be reviewed, updated and revised as new information becomes available."


Those who believe they have a sleep disorder should be aware that many treatment options are available. The AASM accredits full-service sleep centers and sleep-related breathing disorder laboratories that offer diagnosis, treatment, management and long-term care solutions. To locate an AASM-accredited sleep facility, please visit www.SleepCenters.org.

SLEEP is the official journal of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC, a joint venture of the AASM and the Sleep Research Society.

More information about treatments for sleep disorders is available from the AASM at http://www.SleepEducation.com/Treatments.aspx.

SleepEducation.com, a Web site created by the AASM, provides information about various sleep disorders, the forms of treatment available, recent news on the topic of sleep, sleep studies that have been conducted and a listing of sleep facilities.

For a copy of this article, entitled, "Practice Parameters for the Clinical Evaluation and Treatment of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders", or to arrange an interview with an AASM spokesperson regarding this study, please contact Jim Arcuri, public relations coordinator, at (708)492-0930, ext. 9317, or jarcuri@aasmnet.org.

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