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I Have Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

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    Frustrating

    The best way to describe this condition is "A Night Owl".  I have trouble falling asleep.  Regardless of how tired you are, you cannot fall asleep.  It is different from Insomnia in that once you are asleep, you stay asleep; often times having problems...
    lizbatthory lizbatthory 31-35, F Jan 3, 2008

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    Dsps?

    Hi Everyone I was wondering if I could ask your advice? I think I may have DSPS and probably have done for a very long time. As a toddler my mum had to take me to the doctors on several occasions as I wouldn't sleep. The doctor at the time said it was attention seeking and to...
    jg28mph jg28mph 31-35 1 Response Jun 6, 2013

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    Lightbulb! There Is A Name For Me!

    For the first time in my life I feel like there is hope for me! DSPD why have I not found you before! Lets start at the beginning. I've always been a "night owl" I remember as a young child in elementary school watching the clock in my bedroom and seeing how often I'd see the...
    PoliticalDiva PoliticalDiva 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 13, 2013

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    Any Time You Want As Long As It's Noon.

    It's wonderful to have a name that isn't "lazy". Reading the Wiki on DSPS I just e-mailed the link to my boyfriend and said "that's me". Ever since I was a kid, dragging myself out of bed for school or work is a nightmare.  People say "well, it...
    Desideratist Desideratist 31-35 2 Responses Nov 14, 2008

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    Night Owl And Proud!

    I have been wrongly diagnosed as depression case for some time, and thanks to the support of people around me who refused to make take that diagnose for granted and start to search around other causes. I am the night owl as being described and fooled around by the family members...
    AmiraAzmi AmiraAzmi 31-35 Sep 15, 2012

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    9-5? No Thanks!

    I've lived with DSPS for pretty much my entire life, although only in the last month have I finally been diagnosed as having it. I think back now and think of how much my past experiences echo the symptoms of the condition, but I managed to get by enough that I never thought I...
    QuestionableEthics QuestionableEthics 26-30 1 Response Oct 13, 2008

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    Unable To Get Diagnosedems

    I have yet to be diagnosed as my dr doesn't really want to address my sleep problems. However reading the info this sounds just like me I go to bed at 330 and wake up at 12pm and I can sleep through the day no prob but struggle with any light at night I have found abjob to work...
    Jan 26, 2013

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    Will Insurance Pay For Me To Move To New Zealand ?

    I just turned 45 and finally found that my oft-repeated plaint "I swear I should have been bornin Australia, the way I sleep!" was right, at least with regard to my circadian rhythm bein "off". I've had all the platitudes and attitudes thrown at me about my laziness (even though...
    SleepyMom SleepyMom 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 8, 2010

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    Sleep? But It's Only 2 Am!

    I've never been able to get to sleep. When I was little, I was that annoying kid who never slept. Not that I cried, oh no, I did much worse than that. I would, as a young child, pile pillows up in my crib and jump out of the crib, and crawl to my parent's bedroom, wanting to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jul 9, 2009

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    Finally, What A Relief

    I have been on this planet for 45 years and have had problems with my sleep pattern for ever. I was chatting to a guy the other day and he mentioned his sleeping patterns, on describing mine he was nodding and totally got what I was on about. So,tonight (once again I am wide...
    Shemeam Shemeam 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 11, 2012

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    Never Could Sleep Before 3 Am Since I Was A Baby.

    I am so glad i finally found a name for this! Its so rare and most people dont seem to understand. My mother always told me as a baby i could never fall asleep until 3 am. My whole childhood my father would call me "lazy" and that someone was doing something wrong because i...
    Jan 24, 2013

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    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 5 hrs ago

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    When my wife was nursing about 15 years ago I was able to occasionally sneak in a few sessions as we were dozing off to sleep. I've never experienced anything like that before...
    herbrichman herbrichman 51-55, M 1 Response 5 hrs ago

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    Friday I'm sleeping over his house with our son. our son is excited to have a sleep over with his sisters. I'm looking foward to being in bed with my ex and cuddle. I'm not...
    smashmouth4eva smashmouth4eva 31-35, F 2 Responses 7 hrs ago

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    After no sleep and at 5am, I randomly remembered VeggieTales out of no where after over 10 years of not seeing it.
    brittany84451 brittany84451 18-21, F 2 Responses 9 hrs ago

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    Often, lately, there are mornings I wake and I just pray to be able to go back to sleep. I just don't feel like I've slept, and I am sure I will be lethargic and lame. I would...
    Wishart95 Wishart95 18-21, F 1 Response 11 hrs ago

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    Log off ep When tired enough to sleep But My mind says lets check mood Oh wow Youre too happy From avoiding facts And fears based on facts Surrounding your...
    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M 12 hrs ago

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    It's so typical. I have a sleep disorder but I take meds..BUT... My fibro is acting up so here I am, about to take some pain meds. I want to chat with some nice people on almost...
    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    It's so typical. I have a sleep disorder but I take meds..BUT... My fibro is acting up so here I am, about to take some pain meds. I want to chat with some nice people on almost...
    NyxInvictus NyxInvictus 41-45 12 hrs ago

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    Sometimes I scream at myself in my head. Living can be so painful and no one in my life understands the pain, they just say they would be crushed if I killed myself. They don't...
    Brokestudent2 Brokestudent2 31-35 1 Response 14 hrs ago

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    I have a 12 year old son. I am sure that he is an Indigo child. I know coz all the traits he displayed. Intelligent, Creative , Peculiar behaviour that do not go well with...
    broganteng broganteng 46-50, M 14 hrs ago

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    While four-year-old Alfie loves ­dinosaurs, fire engines and cars, Logan prefers sparkly dresses, wands and Frozen’s Princess Elsa.But what makes their differences all...
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    It was during the summer. I was out of school and house hopping since I had no stable home to go back to. It was a difficult year. I felt like dying every day. I had bouts of...
    starsheepie starsheepie 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    When awake and in reality, I already feel vulnerable and incapable to do the things I feel I want and need to do, but sleep paralysis gives that demeanor a stronger meaning. I feel...
    darniseg98 darniseg98 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I didn't develop S.A.D. until moving to Maine three years ago. I barely made it through the winters of 2014 and 2015. I spent hours on the phone with crisis lines. (Don't even get...
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    I find a lot of people on EP have misunderstandings about what borderline personality disorder is (like mixing up different disorders). So for anyone coming on this page for...
    AnonymousKCQ AnonymousKCQ 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Valentine season is so difficult. I haven't binged in months, but I am so emotional and depressed knowing that I will spend Valentine's Day alone (I just went through a break up...
    verymoofishy verymoofishy 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I think I may have dermatillomania (skin picking disorder). I have already been diagnosed with eczema, back when I was a kid, but I pick scabs constantly, as a habitual form of...
    skeletoncliquetop skeletoncliquetop 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Hi there. My name is Bulim-- wait nope. My name is Larkin and I was diagnosed with Bulimia halfway through my sophomore year of high school. I bet you're wondering about the second...
    spark97 spark97 18-21, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I think I had another episode of sleep paralysis last night although this time, it's not as scary as I was anticipating and it was much shorter than the ones I've experienced...
    Boujie Boujie 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Recently woke up from a somewhat intense dream. In it I went to Japan on vacation by myself. I was in a hotel that had a bunch of 1 story rooms spread out over a wide campus, so my...
    Hush92 Hush92 18-21, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I have recently have started sleeping over with my girl but i have trouble falling asleep with her on my side. need help
    mithil mithil 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    It didn't last long, though it was about a month or so ago. But I remember that I couldn't move, and it felt like someone was holding me down, by my wrists I could feel it holding...
    GiddyX GiddyX 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    I wish that I had been properly warned about the worst possible side effects of an RX drug that ruined my nervous system. I have found other people on this site who have developed...
    Boshie Boshie 61-65, F 1 Response Jan 31

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    I did not realize my childhood was ****** up until.. I experienced loads of therapy. As an 8 year old child, I thought I liked cleaning, if you can believe it. "What 8 year old...
    katysailinghome katysailinghome 22-25, F Jan 30

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    I live alone in a small apartment in Nevada. Last night I had one of the worst experiences I've ever had with sleep paralysis. I've experienced SP before and it's nothing new to me...
    ChloeRivers ChloeRivers 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 29

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    I am 21. I need my right leg amputated below the knee. I was injured in tge service and I haven't felt the same since. I don't geel like this leg belongs to me.
    Moose00725 Moose00725 18-21, M Jan 29

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    Not in years, I even have to sleep with some kind of light on (mostly a lamp), I need to be able see if I wake up and it's dark.
    Libraladyseeking Libraladyseeking 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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