Circadian Sleep Disorders Network – Non-24: Think Zebras

Circadian Sleep Disorders Network is proud to join the online N24 community in celebration of N24 Awareness day. November 24th has been chosen as the annual day to spread awareness of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Cycle Disorder, a serious circadian rhythm disorder. People with N24 and their allies are encouraged to blog, post, draw, compose, or discuss this condition and how it impacts their lives.

This year’s theme is Think Zebras. This comes from a saying that doctors are taught: “If you hear hoof beats think horses, not zebras.” When faced with symptoms, try to think of the more common causes first and not the rare ones. The patient with cough, fever and lassitude is more likely have the flu than, say, Q fever.

While that’s a reasonable rule, if followed too rigidly it leaves people with rare disorders misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. This is often the case with N24….

http://www.circadiansleepdisorders.org/info/N24zebras.php

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