Delayed sleep phase disorder: Clinical perspective with a focus on light therapy

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Delayed sleep phase disorder (DSPD) is common among adolescents and further increases their susceptibility to chronic sleep restriction and associated detrimental outcomes, including increased risk of depression, drug and alcohol use, behavioral problems, and poor scholastic performance. DSPD is characterized by sleep onset that occurs significantly later than desired bedtimes and societal norms. Individuals with DSPD exhibit long sleep latencies when attempting to sleep at conventional bedtimes. Circadian sleep disorders such as DSPD can occur when there is misalignment between sleep timing and societal norms. This review discusses studies using light therapy to advance the timing of sleep in adolescents and college students, in particular on those suffering from DSPD. A discussion on how to increase effectiveness of light therapy in the field will also be provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalNature and Science of Sleep
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Circadian
  • Light
  • Melatonin
  • Sleep
  • Sleep phase disorder


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