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I Have Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Fortunately I am self-employed and can sleep the hours I "like" to 6AM-1PM. Not that I really want to be this way, but every time I try to reset to normal time, it only lasts a...
    Pozadam Pozadam 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    Sunday will be one month since our daughter passed away. I am still not sleeping well. I wake up many times during the night, sometimes I wake up and feel very depressed. I...
    FavoriteGardenia FavoriteGardenia 51-55, F 2 Responses 5 hrs ago

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    I'm Dakota. I'm 14 and I think I have late puberty. I'm shorter and smaller than most of the boys in my class. I haven't had many changes in my body yet. I have no hair and my...
    mouthdakota mouthdakota 18-21, M 4 Responses Mar 26

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    Since as long as I can remember I have had the feeling that my whole body isn't mine. My face is, my collarbones are and my hands and feet too, but the rest is not. My shoulders...
    EprilYuan EprilYuan 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I have borderline personality disorder
    isabel44 isabel44 16-17, F Mar 30

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    I can't sleep at night. My mind is so troubling sometimes. My heart feels so heavy and I am afraid to get those nightmares again. I didn't sleep until it was 5:00am I think. Just...
    wherethehealingbegins wherethehealingbegins 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I didn't sleep at all last night. I still can't sleep. I keep thinking about my daughter, and I cried all night, I feel so tired, but she is not here with us any more. I...
    FavoriteGardenia FavoriteGardenia 51-55, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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    Happens at the point of first falling asleep. The relaxation associated with sleep is perceptual (that slightly dreamy calm)...then it's like falling off a cliff in a way. I am...
    gds83 gds83 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    But Jesus saved me. I've had sleep paralysis since I was little. My first experience was when I was around 6, and I would wake up unable to move and terrified because a large black...
    sophiedahl sophiedahl 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    That feeling in your chest, how it clenches your heart, I know how badly you just want to tear it out and rip it apart. I know how it feels to not being in control your emotions...
    vainwordsfromemptyminds vainwordsfromemptyminds 18-21, F a week ago

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    If you don't want to have sleep paralysis sleep on your side or stomach not your back.
    crystalskys crystalskys 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Has anyone experienced sleep paralysis?
    strangerguy78 strangerguy78 31-35, M 2 Responses Apr 7

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    It's either I go to bed when I get home and don't wake up for 15 hours or I cannot sleep to save my life. Sigh...
    cmitchellichs cmitchellichs 18-21, M Apr 9

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    Quite a funny story actually, i knew about sleep paralysis and had an incident when i was binge gaming... and like, this time i woke up, and was paralysed, thats not really the...
    image2fite image2fite 18-21, M Apr 10

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    So I have experienced this a couple of times, usually when i lie on my back but not always. The most terrifying experience I had was when I felt both my feet getting grabbed by the...
    Ziako Ziako 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 4

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    I'm amber and I'm 14.. I have these experiences on days where I have clairaudience really loud .. I hear frequencies and static and crystal sounds , and when they get loud one day...
    IndigoFuFillment IndigoFuFillment 18-21 2 Responses Apr 10

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    I have too much on my damn mind. 💭💢🙇💆🙆
    TwdFireflyy TwdFireflyy 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    Life seems so complicated and stressful. I miss when I was care free and naive with no worries at all. This is turning into a nightmare of a night.
    Anarai Anarai 26-30, F Mar 31

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    I woke up scared about how my day would be considering the last few days I've been severely depressed. Having BPD is hard. One morning you can wake up the happiest person & go to...
    Susananais Susananais 18-21, F Apr 6

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    I'm going on day 2 of being off my meds. I can't tell you how amazing I feel. They always made me more tired & agitated. Now I feel like myself again. I still get impulsive & angry...
    Susananais Susananais 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Some experiences are more severe and detailed than others. Ranging from a black shadowy figure in the corner of my room , to hearing whispers in my ear. More recently "it" sounded...
    chrissteve1018 chrissteve1018 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    At night tall black figures surround my bed. I can hear and feel them breathing and watching me. I try to ignore them and i know they wont touch me but it is terrifying... And at...
    Sierce Sierce 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    The first time I had this, I thought I was being possessed by a demon lol I started hallucinating & I tried to scream for help but I couldn't. I get them every time I fall asleep...
    omgchapstick omgchapstick 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    As a child, one morning, I woke up from a nightmare. My eyes opened but my body could do nothing, and I just remember trying to yell,"Mom, HELP!!"
    kagee kagee 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7

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    About a week ago. See my bed is right by a huge window. I woke up when I heard noise coming from it and I looked out from bed. I was laying on my back. There was a dark figure...
    gram497 gram497 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Eating disorder was never my main illness, it think it developed due to my Schizotypal Personality and Depression, but I know what is to struggle with eating disorder...I can say...
    lauruze lauruze 22-25, F 6 days ago

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    I have PSTD and personality disorder which I don't know how to handle.
    godswish49 godswish49 46-50, M 2 Responses Apr 4

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    Hi there. I'm 18 and I was told by my therapist that I have BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). I have had a terrible self image for as long as I can remember. I don't remember a time...
    agolden agolden 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    The title is pretty accurate, and some reasons are because it's not good to sleep at crazy hours and barely get any sleep when I do sometimes. Another is because I've been seeing...
    Yogurtree Yogurtree 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    This happens to me mostly in the mornings, when I keep waking up and falling asleep repeatedly. I wake up a 5:00AM, get ready, then I go back to sleep until 7:00AM. My bus comes at...
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    3 years ago my cheerleading squad came for a sleepover at my house we all came in our gear for the game and then we were going to sleep over at my house. We had the game of...
    Lesbiansexret Lesbiansexret 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 30

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    Okay. I've been to a psychologist who told me I don't have a split personality, but do have a mild dissociative disorder. In other words I get a brain freeze where I absolutely can...
    syntheticrhyme syntheticrhyme 41-45, F Mar 31

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    i used to have perfect sleeping pattern, and then i fell pregnant, and got serve depression, that was sixteen months ago now. ive recent taken up sleeping tablets, and they seem to...
    eviemay6 eviemay6 16-17, F Apr 4

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    As most of you know, I have had bizarre events that have been happening to me. Most I can't explain to people without being deemed 'crazy'. The most recent (and scariest) happened...
    ceevans4 ceevans4 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 20

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    Ever since I was admitted to the hospital 5 months ago for slow heart rate and almost died, I fear to fall asleep worries I won't wake up. I also have to sleep with one of my dogs...
    broadwaybabe99 broadwaybabe99 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    I have been sleeping nude since I was a teenager. I started freeballing when I was about 20. I love the feeling and have to admit I get some enjoyment when people notice and check...
    artonthebrain artonthebrain 41-45, M Apr 5

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    I have the cough for 5 days now. The first 3 days it hurt my head and sinus to cough. It was a dry cough that would cause major pain. I can only slept a few hours at a time...
    mzstellar mzstellar 31-35, F Mar 26

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    Sometimes I just feel that I have given up on my life ... there is no one give me support in my family ... They always said that I was a fool and useless ... that really makes me...
    zemya zemya 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    I was a volunteer with The British Red Cross for around 15 years, for almost seven years I became a full time paid trainer running a variety of courses around the south-east. But I...
    tcennoC tcennoC 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 20

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    Love should just exists, minus the ego plays and attachment. I know some people will think one person should just love one person only. It's not true. We can love more than one...
    SolitarySol SolitarySol 31-35, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    I am an extremely high functioning psychopath and no one knows what that actually means. I hate when people use the term sociopath and psychopath synonymously. A psychopath has...
    Siarnaq Siarnaq 16-17, M 1 Response 5 mins ago