Definition of chronotherapy
: treatment of a sleep disorder (as insomnia) by changing sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock
First Known Use of chronotherapy
Medical Definition of chronotherapy
1: treatment of a sleep disorder (as insomnia) by changing sleeping and waking times in an attempt to reset the patient's biological clock <A nondrug treatment called chronotherapy can be used to “re-set” the body clock.—Tara Parker-Pope, The Wall Street Journal, 21 Mar. 2006>
2 or chronotherapeutics \-ˌther-ə-ˈpyüt-iks\ play : the administration of medication or treatment in coordination with the body's circadian rhythms to maximize effectiveness and minimize side effects <Chronotherapy is the relatively new practice of timed treatment.—The Daily News of Los Angeles, 29 Sept. 1997>—called also chronotherapeutics
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