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I Have Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

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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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    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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    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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    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 26-30, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 26-30 1 Response Jun 6, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    DSPS probably began for me in my teenage years. I didn't know what it was and had no name for it. Like many other people's experience with DSPS, it was assumed that I was lazy or...
    softgreenhourglass softgreenhourglass 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 9

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    It's been almost two years since I learned I had this. It is great knowing that I'm not alone, and that I'm not a terrible person... But now what? I'm unemployed, I don't have the...
    WantingToHope WantingToHope 18-21 2 days ago

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    I am so sick of having this!! It causes so many problems for me. Everyone around me just thinks I'm lazy when I can't help it. I take so many different sleeping medications just to...
    dannyfelis131 dannyfelis131 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    I have a sleeping disorder called sexomnia. Just want to know are there many people on here who have the same issue?
    Casualsexguy Casualsexguy 26-30, M Aug 21

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    I used to have sleep paralysis a lot when I was younger, around 14 or 15, but it hasn't happened much since I got married. Sometimes I started to wonder if it ever happened, or if...
    Leannaix Leannaix 18-21, F Sep 6

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    Yesterday, wile i was sleeping i kept feeling alot of pressure on my chest (around the rib area), so i guess i partialy woke up, and all of the sudden i couldnt move or speak. It...
    Stare0fDeath Stare0fDeath 13-15, F Aug 18

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    I have had complex PTSD for four years. I barely lived during a 22 hour long or more torture acts done to me. I was stabbed, waterboarded and revived several times, burned,etc...no...
    ashchris ashchris 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 20

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    it was just once but I was at a summer camp and I was sleeping in the dark corner and I went to sleep I woke up and I couldn't move but I saw a couple of my friends just jumping on...
    xlovelybutterflyx xlovelybutterflyx 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    I have recently been diagnosed with BPD. I'm releaved in the sense that thier is a label for my nightmarish life. I commence DBT in Spring 2015. Reaching out to others with this...
    MindCage MindCage 46-50, F 4 days ago

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    so it's 7:30 in the ****** mornin, I'm drunk as **** and so very far from sleep... my dark side wants to come out and play.. this is not a good sign.. I can't control it, I can't...
    fuckitol fuckitol 22-25, F 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Sometimes when I go to sleep I stop breathing and I really don't know why but it's so scary
    Chrisgrizzly55 Chrisgrizzly55 16-17, M Aug 17

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    I just astral travelled for the first time in a while. As I was dosing off felt the usual feelings of sleep paralysis I was a bit awkward separating from my body but managed in the...
    beanabus beanabus 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    And it's scary! D; like, I'm trying to sleep!
    MacabreCannibal MacabreCannibal 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 21

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    When I was a kid, I used to sleep in my parents room. I used to wake up not being able to move and start crying and screaming. I used to always think it was my parents squishing me...
    MadsCFC MadsCFC 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    I am taking a medicine called zolfresh to help me sleep, but the problem is that I become delusional after taking it and sometimes say awkward things on dose that sound very crazy...
    kiddishguy kiddishguy 26-30, M Sep 8

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    I just finished night shifts and i have trouble going to sleep at night. This has lead me to find this website and hello to whoever else is out there
    1crowdedhour 1crowdedhour 26-30, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    In bed listening to music and thinking
    charmingcutie charmingcutie 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

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    And I am not going to change it. One is the cold-hearted killer one that wants to destroy everything. One is all rainbow and sunshine and wants to help everyone. One is the...
    DarknessFalls101 DarknessFalls101 13-15, F Sep 2

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    I hate when I can feel a sad episode coming on yet can't do anything to stop it from coming.
    aligain aligain 31-35, F Sep 7

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    For all of you fighting this, I'm one of you, I write a blog, on how I fight my everyday life.. How I cope with being a full time student and at the same time fighting depression...
    Lily449 Lily449 18-21, F 5 days ago

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    Well here it goes. It started about a year ago. I don't know but it just happened overnight. Since then I can't care about things, that friends are just acquaintances for me and I...
    darns darns 18-21, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Ok hopefully someone can give me a good answer here... So for like a week straight, I was having dreams that I was fully consciously aware were dreams. I know that's just lucid...
    ifearsnowmen ifearsnowmen 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 22

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    Nightmares suck, woke up multiple times night.
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot 16-17, F Aug 29

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    I have a delayed sleep phase which means that without medication, I typically fall asleep between two and four a.m. I can sleep a full eight or nine hours but falling asleep at a...
    softgreenhourglass softgreenhourglass 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 9

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    I have been sleep deprived since i moved into this apartment two months ago. I only get 2 to 4 hours of sleep each night. Mostly 2 hours. It takes me 4 times as long to do a...
    DeadEyeJim DeadEyeJim 22-25, M 1 Response 16 hrs ago

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    It's 4:51 am. I have been like this for about a total of 4 years. I'm exhausted, I always have stuff on my mind which makes it worse. Its obvious now that I have a sleeping...
    OutOfTheOrdinary OutOfTheOrdinary 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 17

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    I have been crying for two days straight. I have been sleeping all day because I exhaust myself with my thoughts. Now I can't sleep at night. I have also been very angry with my...
    stephaniekaye stephaniekaye 26-30, F Aug 29

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    I have been crying for two days straight. I have been sleeping all day because I exhaust myself with my thoughts. Now I can't sleep at night. I have also been very angry with my...
    stephaniekaye stephaniekaye 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 29

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    EDIT ; 2014/09/07 : I showed it to another doctor and he said I don't have this, thanks gosh. I have it too sadly :( I was checked a couple of days ago by an ENT specialist...
    Zulwarn Zulwarn 22-25, M Sep 5

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    I used to be the person who can turn the tables around, to be the sun in the party, and to turn anyone into a friend. I used to enjoy everything "extrovert" but one day I don't...
    anon152 anon152 13-15, F Sep 6

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    I was diagnosed with Tachycardia last year at 36 years old. I had never had any heart problems before July 4th 2013. I have however suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since...
    BriniG BriniG 36-40, F Aug 20

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    Over the past couple of years I have had difficulty falling asleep. It seems that I cannot cross the threshold between being awake and being asleep. I lose concentration and as...
    kwestion999 kwestion999 51-55, M Aug 17

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    I have had a eating disorder for 3 years now and it's been over a year and a half since I've kept a meal down, can't help but wonder what's happening to my body and what's going to...
    mariya843 mariya843 16-17, F Sep 2

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    My 77 yr old mom and I (her cargiver/daughter) recently moved to a 2 apartment duplex. I Wish we didn't, because there is another duplex behind us and the young 20 somethings are...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 20

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    Lately, it's been a problem. I just really envy people who can immediately go to sleep the moment they jump into their bed but not me. If I'm lucky, it'll take at least an hour. If...
    Seiraxoxo Seiraxoxo 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    There is no reason (save one that I can think of) that would excuse cheating. Not one. It is very selfish to simply go out, sleep around, then go home and expect your wife/husband...
    VainGoddess VainGoddess 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Another night of it. Better than I have been sleeping, but still feel tired all the time
    1lonelydaisy 1lonelydaisy 70+, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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