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The Efficacy and Safety of Exogenous Melatonin for Primary Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders affect approximately 20% of the American population. A sleep disorder exists whenever a lower quality of sleep leads to impaired functioning or excessive sleepiness. Although sleep disorders may be accompanied by other medical and/or psychiatric conditions, in many cases, sleep disorders exist in the absence of these other conditions, and are considered to be primary sleep disorders. The most common sleep disorder is insomnia, which is classified as a dyssomnia by the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD). Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is another sleep disorder that is classified as a dyssomnia by the ICSD. Individuals with DSPS complain of difficulty falling asleep and difficulty waking-up at desired bed times and wake times, respectively. This disorder is thought to result from an out-of-phase endogenous circadian pacemaker that is displaced to a later than normal phase. …