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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    The problem is not wanting to sleep forever, it's wanting to never wake up again.
    MissEurydice MissEurydice 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I've gotten better about it, though. I still get a feeling that I know means I'm going to have nightmares but I don't always stay awake for as long as I pssibly can because of it...
    boklenHolley7 boklenHolley7 18-21, F 3 hrs ago

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    I just recently like to sleep with just tshirt and thong. Especially when my boyfriend is around. He loves to watch me in a thong. And I just love to wake up with a surprise (if...
    Jejejessica Jejejessica 22-25, F 1 Response 3 hrs ago

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    I love to sleep naked. Wether is hot or cold. If its cold i can go find blanket. And read that it is healthier to sleep naked. Good for your skin and women part to breath.
    Jejejessica Jejejessica 22-25, F 3 Responses 3 hrs ago

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    I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I don't believe I have it. I stopped taking medicine for it, a year ago. And let me tell you, I'm better off without the medicine. I am able...
    CreoleItalianwoman CreoleItalianwoman 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I have had eczema ever since I was born and I hate it it keeps me from the things I like to do. I love sports and I love to play them but I can because if I get over heated, sleepy...
    chocolatecrazy9010 chocolatecrazy9010 13-15, F 12 hrs ago

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    Tonight I am sleeping on the sofa, but it is a good thing. Our dog kept crying and keeping us awake in bed so I came here and she is sleeping with me. I think she gets jacked over...
    BuckeyeBill48 BuckeyeBill48 66-70, M 13 hrs ago

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    They are so vivid they have music sometimes it's made up songs. My dreams are so vivid sometimes they have smell and taste too and they are not from where I was sleeping.
    IndecisiveDoeEyes IndecisiveDoeEyes 31-35, F 14 hrs ago

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    I ate 5 slices of pizza , 3 garlic knots, and a whole package of cinnamon rolls. purged in between each. feel so disgusted and low. why can't I just chop off 20 pounds. feeling...
    yafeelmepenguin yafeelmepenguin 18-21, F 1 day ago

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    with my school mates, there was not much sleeping going on!!
    usedpantieslove usedpantieslove 36-40, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I've been having an extremely tough time lately. I acquired PTSD after my freshman year roommate almost drank herself to death. She completely invalidated my feelings towards what...
    lcr3 lcr3 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I just woke up from a period of sleep paralysis and it was a scary and weird experience. I knew I was in my room. I knew I was lying in bed and I was quite aware of what was around...
    Brianianday Brianianday 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I was just diagnosed with this today. So I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Anyone taking Topamax for it? My Dr prescribed it. We'll see how it works. What has ur experience...
    BeautifullySickkk BeautifullySickkk 31-35, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    I can't fall asleep anyone know remodies that can help me
    BradleytheBeast BradleytheBeast 16-17, M 5 days ago

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    sp happens to me frequently. most of the time its when I'm asleep on my couch or asleep on my back. I hate it.
    nookiesmom nookiesmom 31-35, F 5 days ago

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    I've had these issues for a long time. Now, unfortunately after having the same experience over and over and over again, I've come to understand. I tend to date the same man...
    boompowsplat boompowsplat 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Sleep paralysis, are you trying to kill me or telling me that you're still alive and you struggle to live even though you want to die?
    RachelThatsall RachelThatsall 13-15, F 6 days ago

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    Its 4:15 and i'm still awake .. HELP PLZ!!
    KaylaCherie KaylaCherie 13-15, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Hi my name is Beth, I'm 14 years old and I suffer from sp, I started waking up in the night feeling paralysed and was shaking violently I thought nothing of it but it just carried...
    Betho2001 Betho2001 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    What does it actually mean?? Because I've had since I was child i just can't move but I am fully awake and it's almost like your dead. The last one I had which was quite a while...
    Trea13love Trea13love 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    Living in California you have to sleep naked. Especially during the summer time. It feels so relaxing and my body feels much cooler. Sometimes I'll forget to turn the ac on and I...
    FourEyedLad FourEyedLad 36-40, M Jul 25

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    Man, I had a case last night, it was terrifying! Usually, now that I know what it is I can handle it; but last night I was in a deep sleep and I heard a voice I didn't recognize...
    HeyThereHeather HeyThereHeather 26-30, F 5 Responses Jul 24

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    I took an online quiz for bipolar disorder and I got 100%. My older sister has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I remember all my life I would have periods of hyperactivity...
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F Jul 23

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    I'm 17 and I want my right hand amputated. Does anyone know any ways to "accidentally" get it injured or infected enough to be amputated? I don't want my parents or family to know...
    sonnyday5 sonnyday5 16-17 Jul 23

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    I feel like complete and utter crap. Everything hurts, and it's a result of me having this binge eating disorder thing for the majority of my life. Personally, I think it's kind of...
    philosocrastinator philosocrastinator 22-25 Jul 22

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    Hi. I am new to this site. I am a 50-year-old female. I started getting migraines around age 30. They became chronic after a few years and have been having them chronically...
    KarenMac2 KarenMac2 46-50, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    I didn't sleep until 5 this morning. And I woke up at 9. It's been going on for few days. I feel terrible. I'm sweating but I feel cold. My left hand is shaking.
    Tiff0101 Tiff0101 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 20

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    I'm 23 years old and I still have sleepovers. I'm not ashamed to say it because I still have sleepovers for a good reason. If my mom is gonna be out for the whole night or the...
    xxemogirlxx xxemogirlxx 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 20

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    So friggin tired. Want to complain but also want to get out of this habit (of complaining about this topic) and do whatever I need to do to fix it or move on. No use complaining...
    laura40404 laura40404 26-30, F Jul 19

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    Sporadic showers came. In az. Mood racing. Time for coping skills. Self praise. List positives. List people helped. List goals. List why here breathing. List why...
    Converted Converted 46-50, M Jul 18

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    Don't you love when your mind just won't shut off? Ahhhhhhhhhhh
    hunterw0lf hunterw0lf 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 17

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