SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE By N., Pam M.S. - April 13, 2013 a cycle of sleeping and wakefulness. It can be interrupted by a number of factors such as shift work, stress or drugs. See circadian rhythm. See monophasic sleep; polyphasic. SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE: "Joe had a sleep-wake cycle interrupted by shift work." Related Psychology Terms DISORDERS OF THE SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE SCHEDULE POLYPHASIC SLEEP SLEEP STAGES BASIC REST-ACTIVITY CYCLE (BRAC) PHASE SHIFT SHIFT WORK BREATHING-RELATED SLEEP DISORDER BIOLOGICAL RHYTHM BASIC NORDIC SLEEP QUESTIONNAIRE (BNSQ) PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SLEEP-WAKE CYCLE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/sleep-wake-cycle/ (accessed January 22, 2020).