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I Have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

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    I Brought This Upon My Own Self

    My mom isn't aware that I stay up until 4 in the morning. She thinks that I need to go to therapy or something because she only sees that I sleep in a lot and that I take a lot of naps. But I didn't know that my sleep pattern was an actually syndrome because I didn't see a...
    Milkyway002 Milkyway002 13-15 2 Responses Aug 17, 2009

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    I Knew Jonathan Creek Had All The Answers!

    Finally, it all makes sense! Isn't it so true that is only takes one little thing to nudge you in the right direction?So, first things first, I've had issues with "late-sleeping" since I was about 17, I just figured I was doing so much that my rhythms were a bit, "off" and would...
    morningview morningview 22-25, F 3 Responses Dec 6, 2011

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    Wide Awake

    Last night I had a quick shave, brushed my teeth and got into bed next to my partner. It was about 2:00am and she was in the first stage of sleep almost immediately, while I was still trying to get comfortable. I woke her up once or twice from my shuffling and fidgeting, but...
    MedlarGW MedlarGW 22-25, M Sep 27, 2013

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    Trying To Fix My Delayed Sleep

    Hi everybody Recently I have been making a big effort to change my sleep problem.  I think I might have come up with a regime that helps me. I absolutely hate mornings and am almost non-functional.  My body wants to sleep at 4am.  Times I have to get up at...
    Upsidedowngirl Upsidedowngirl 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 2, 2010

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    Tirelessly Tired

    I have never slept 'right' and never socialized 'right.'  I have always been the feet my family heard in the middle of the night.  Cue the sound of parents calling out, telling me to get to bed.  I stayed up late and read New Yorker cartoons.  I watched David...
    SethAsa SethAsa 31-35, M 3 Responses Feb 2, 2010

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    Unable To Sleep From Age 5...

    I've had symptoms of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome since I was about 5 years old. My parents have home videos of putting me to bed and me repeatedly saying, "I'm not tired" or "I always just sit up awake in bed." I have distinct memories of lying in bed at age 10 staring at the...
    SaradactylMichelle SaradactylMichelle 22-25, F Jul 28, 2013

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    I honestly don't know

    if this is me. Everything fits. Only having the chance to possibly sleep if at all after 3 am. Being forced to wake at 6 on week days. Supplementing my sleep with an hour everyday by sleeping during break and lunch. Being woken at 10 on Saturdays and 8 on Sundays. I don't mind...
    AbyssalSilence AbyssalSilence 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 17

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    Delayed Life

    During college, I slept from 4 or 5 in the morning to 3 in the afternoon. I missed classes and missed out on activities with friends which I regret. My natural hours were way off from the norm and I couldn't do anything about it. Well, I didn't really make an effort to do...
    daydreamangel daydreamangel 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 22, 2013

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    I didn't know there was a name

    for this. My wife two minutes in bed and asleep. Me on the other hand takes hours to finally shut off. Tired in the mornings. Getting a quick nap is a joke cause it would take an hour just to shut off if I ever could. Then like tonight, I fall asleep, them wake up after two...
    ny7yankee ny7yankee 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 12, 2014

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    Information On Ada And A Success Story

    I just want to let people know that the American with Disability Act (ADA) is a possible option for people who work in America and who feel DSPS is negatively affecting their work performance. The following websites provides a lot of information on the ADA- don't think it copied...
    klumposaurus klumposaurus 31-35 2 Responses Jan 16, 2013

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    I'm Pretty Sure I Have This.

    I'm 20 and I have had the going to bed between 2:30 and 4am every night for about as long as I can remember. I am a writer and I write my best at night. My parents don't understand that I cant seem to help it. I've tried going to sleep at a "NORMAL" hour to them and I just lay in...
    StepOnMeAndYouDie StepOnMeAndYouDie 18-21, F 9 Responses Jun 6, 2010

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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 try to get my sleep schedule back on track but it only helps short term and I'm afraid that pills will mess up my body. I...
    dannyfelis131 dannyfelis131 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2014

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    Dspd In Pinellas County, Florida?

    I have DSPD and live in Pinellas County, Florida. I would like to meet other individuals that have DSPD in my area. No drugs, no smoking, no "party animals"...just other intelligent adults with DSPD.
    KatNatFLA KatNatFLA 36-40 Jun 3, 2011

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    I Am Soooo Tired Of This

    I have had this my entire life. I haven't been diagnosed, but reading the information is like reading the story of my life. I have been told that I'm lazy, undisciplined, and can control this if I want because many people are night owls and they can get up in the morning. I sleep...
    overagain overagain 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 24, 2012

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    I Have Dsps

    I was sure something was 'wrong' with my sleeping patterns so I did a quick Google search on sleep disorders. A list appeared, I scrolled through them and eventually arrived at Delayed Sleep Phrase Syndrome. I read all the symptoms and details and it fitted me PERFECTLY! I was...
    Mediocre Mediocre 22-25, F 8 Responses Feb 2, 2010

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    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 week or two. It isn't convenient, and it sucks, but if I have to, I can dose with Melatonin, L-Theanine and 5HTP, sometimes adding...
    Pozadam Pozadam 46-50, M 1 Response Mar 19, 2014

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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 money to spend on treatments, which may not even work for me... I live with people who still insist that it's just me being...
    WantingToHope WantingToHope 18-21 1 Response Sep 15, 2014

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    The Midnight Hour.

    I do all my writing in the dead of night, while I'm waiting for 5 o clock to roll around so I can finnaly find rest. It started when I would stay up really late out in my sleep out, when I was about 11yrs, it got worse latter on when I started to hate school. I dreaded the idea...
    Issac95 Issac95 18-21, M 20 Responses Mar 19, 2009

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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 about what you can't change. Boy would it be easier to deal with bad attitudes if I was well-rested.
    laura40404 laura40404 26-30, F Jul 19

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    For years, I've wondered what the heck is wrong

    with me. I never could go to sleep in elementary school, but when I was in middle school, that lack of sleep just completely caught up to me, specifically in 8th grade. I started missing at least a day every 3 weeks because of my lack of sleep, and in my jr year of high school...
    kelsey29 kelsey29 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 6

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    Ever since I could remember I've never been

    able to just fall asleep whenever. I sleep in soooo late, like 12:00 pm and I constantly get yelled at for it by my parents. I literally can't do anything about it. they've tried everything to make me wake up at like 6 am, but nothing works. I sleep through alarms and loud...
    saide33 saide33 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    I am 58 years old and have probably had this

    since my teens. I have struggled over the years with this disorder and like many have mentioned here, it's been hard at times. I've rushed into work and classes at the last minute, totally exhausted and feel that a lot of things in life have been harder because I haven't been...
    NightOwl58 NightOwl58 56-60, F 1 Response Mar 12, 2014

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    I Am Really Needing Some Support Here.

    Hello everyone. I just found this website, and I am glad I can get in touch with others who are struggling with this condition. All my life I have had odd sleeping patterns. Even in high school and middle school I never made it in bed until 1. I have looked numerous times and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Feb 11, 2011

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    My Battle With Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

    At first I thought I was just a nighthawk, and maybe I was but this progressed into a full blown syndrome.  It became increasingly more difficult to get up early in the morning and to fall asleep in the evening.  I tried various remedies and it was almost impossible to...
    Tryitagain Tryitagain 46-50 2 Responses Oct 6, 2010

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    It Finally Makes Sense.

    Wow. Who knew. I discovered the existence of DSPS a few hours ago. I’ve been reading about it since. It’s 9 am now, and here I am. This has been by far the most profound revelation I’ve had in my 23 years of life – or at least in the last 10-or-so years of it which I can...
    cabbagetime cabbagetime 22-25, M 3 Responses Oct 7, 2012

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    Amazing!!!!!!

    I stumbled across this website (at 3.30 am!) and am so very very happy!All my life I have struggled with 'normal' bedtimes and have been called wierd, lazy, psycotic and some people even believe that I'm depressed! I'm none of these things, except possibly a bit wierd!My ideal...
    jbrooke997069 jbrooke997069 51-55 2 Responses Jul 14, 2011

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    Hi, My Name Is Alex And I Have Dsps

    Hello to all non-sleepers! Yes, you can add another to your list, this time from Spain. My story resembles closely to all of yours. I had a terrible time at school because i had problems sleeping well. I was exausted and did not know why. At college I found out I was not going...
    xelamai xelamai 31-35 1 Response Apr 15, 2012

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    At long last I have I have a name

    and description for my inability to fall asleep till the wee small hours and I have made an appointment with a Sleep Disorder Doctor to confirm my suspicions. For years and perhaps my whole life I have been out of sync with the rest of society's sleep/wake habits. Fortunately I...
    midnitemind midnitemind 70+ Feb 1

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    I am so frustrated and miserable with this!

    Anybody tried the Re timer Glasses? I want so badly to try them but cannot afford them. Anybody at all can offer any help? There is absolutely no flexibility in my job hours and I am to the point where I AM THINKING ABOUT QUITTING! I have a fantastic high paying career...
    Debhus Debhus 51-55 3 Responses May 24, 2014

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    I have just ran across DSPS today in researching

    and trying to find out what exactly has been wrong with me for most of my life. I've classified myself as a night owl since I was a teenager and I am 52 years old now. My preferred sleep has always been about 2am-4am and use to wake at about 11am or noon when I was younger...
    CrowWoman CrowWoman 51-55, F 3 Responses Mar 2

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    Hey guys - 25 y/o female here is australia.

    I've had some form of dspd since I was about 3 years old but it didn't become a problem until adolescence. And then what a problem it became. I'm sure most of you are familiar with how these things manifest but a quick run down. At 14, in an attempt to deal with the 'insomnia' i...
    iheartmyspleen iheartmyspleen 26-30, F Dec 4, 2013

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    I Have A 16 Year Old Son Who Has Just Been Diagnosed With DSPD

    I get a lot of flak from friends, family and especially his school about the times he gets up (4pm) and the time he goes to bed (8am). They blame me for being a bad parent and him for being lazy! I know it's very hard to understand, but this truly is a disability. We've tried...
    MPaq MPaq 41-45, F 6 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    I hatr it when I tell people I've been up

    for an obscenely long time and they ask me if I tried to sleep. No, I want to be a miserable zombie all day. Or when people say so quick "well It's because you need to exercise, put away your phone, drink water, etc." Honestly, I've been this way my entire life. If my doctor is...
    Ztun7856 Ztun7856 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    I Finally Found Relief For DSPS

    I have lived with DSPS for over 20 years & have FINALLY FOUND RELIEF. My body used to prefer to sleep from around 5am untill about 2pm. Now I take herbal supplements as follows.... AVIPAXIN upon wake up. (2 capsules) MELATONIN around 7pm & (1 capsule) SERENE about an hour before...
    Catfuchs Catfuchs 36-40, F 3 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    Dead-end

    Even in my early childhood I felt more alert during the night. I developed DSPS around 13 years old, but luckily for me, my family took me out of traditional public school and went to a public "independent study" school for my middle and high school years. You only have to go to...
    FlamingFlamingo FlamingFlamingo 18-21 Dec 4, 2013

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    Awake With Dsps.

    For YEARS, I've dealt with this sleeping problem. I'm 22 years old now, and have been dealing with this since I was probably around 13-15 (probably even younger, but can't quite remember). My parents and younger brother would label me as "lazy" and "irresponsible" because I was...
    nitekat nitekat 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    I've Finally Found My Disorder: Dsps

    I'm 29 and I've battled with my sleeping hours for all of my life. Even as a child, my mother tells me that I was a nightmare to put to bed. High school was very difficult to get through. I've always shamed myself into feeling that I am undisciplined, unmotivated, and indolent. I...
    NWTravers NWTravers 26-30 Jul 2, 2011

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    I Believe/know I Have Dsps

    I have been dealing with this since I was young but it never really became a problem until (from what I can remember) I was around 23 (I am 35 now). The reason I believe it was around that age is because I remember I had just moved out of my parents. I also remember waking up...
    nr75 nr75 31-35 2 Responses Jun 16, 2011

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    DSPS. Sick And Tired Of Trying To Adapt, Always Being Tired, Missing Out On Life And Being Misunderstood. Time For Change!

    If you read this story and suffer from Delayed Sleep  Phase Syndrome yourself, this probably will sound pretty familiar to you. I've had an enormous mental benefit of reading all of your stories, knowing that I'm not alone and that what I'm experiencing is nothing to be ashamed...
    veew veew 31-35, M 21 Responses May 5, 2012

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    I only got three hours of sleep last night,

    and now it's 5:20 am and my brain won't shut up. I did what I was told, took my sleep medicine at 11:30, but it's not making me sleepy. Just dizzy. Anyone still awake looking for a bit of company for the time being?
    Ztun7856 Ztun7856 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2014

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    Misdiagnosed With Depression For 20 Years

    Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with depression and SAD. The diagnosis never seemed to "fit", but what else could it be? I had all the classic symptoms. I was prescribed a variety of antidepressants and a SAD light. My doctor told me I would probably be on drugs for...
    Chinookwindgal Chinookwindgal 56-60, F 5 Responses Mar 28, 2012

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    Dsps: Always And Forever

    My name is Coral. I've had DSPS as long as I can remember. The first time I had my own alarm clock is when I was 8-years-old. That was the first time I realized how long it was taking me to sleep and how late I was going to sleep. How many 8-year-olds do you know who go to bed at...
    CoralFang CoralFang 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 29, 2013

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    It's a little inconvenient

    and lonely, because when people come home from work, I'm just going to start my 'day' lol ;) the offices close, the shops/cafes closed at night so I can't eat my 'lunch' outside; the library close at night; can't meet lecturers because it's not office hour anymore; I feel...
    rainyrainsky rainyrainsky 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 30

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    Hi, I am a 35 women who has just been diagnosed

    with DSPS. I have too struggled since I was a child. Early mornings seem so evil to me. I am not functional anytime before before 9am at the earliest. My alarm goes off at 7:30am every work day and yet is I still can't get up before 8:30. My work hours are 9-5 but I never get...
    Awake36 Awake36 36-40, F Mar 10, 2014

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    I am so frustrated with this!

    I am to the point where I think I have to choose between quitting my job to avoid health problems associated with sleep deprivation and having an income. Anybody tried Re Timer Glasses? I want so badly to try them but cannot afford them. I am so desperate! I cannot afford...
    Debhus Debhus 51-55 May 24, 2014

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    Please Help Me, Dsps Has Decimated My Life

    I turn 21 soon and my life has been a complete wreck due to various issues. The absolute worst issue that plagues me is this delayed sleep phase syndrome. I recently had to drop out of college for the second time because every time I tried to adapt my schedule I would end up...