Science Questions

Sat, 16th Oct 2004

Part of the show Dreams, Sleep, and The Body Clock

Question

Chris asked:

I've been diagnosed with a phase delay sleep disorder following Glandular Fever, and I've tried various ways to keep my sleep normal without success. Is there anything you could suggest?

Answer

Viral infection can affect your brain, and body clock, which may be the cause here. The body clock is in the part of the brain called the hypothalamus, so infection and high body temperature around this area could affect your body clock. In your case though, it seems that your body clock does work, it's just maintaining it that is the problem.

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