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I Have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

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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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Oct 6, 2010

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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

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    Dsps - It Would Make So Much Make Sense

    So I'm 27, and only heard about DSPS for the first time yesterday. I am avidly looking up whatever I can find on it, found people's stories here and decided to share my own. Obviously, I'm not officially diagnosed at this point, but everything lines up so much with my own...
    TheLori TheLori 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 14, 2013

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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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    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'm Practically A Vampire....

     My name is Melissa; I’m 24 years of age. I have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) I have had this for many years, however I was unaware that this is an actual condition. I thought I was simply a ‘night person’. It began in my teen years where I found interest in...
    InTheDarkness InTheDarkness 22-25 4 Responses Jan 5, 2012

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    I Have Dsps And Chronic Anxiety.

    From when I was a kid my anxiety was always a problem. If my parents weren't home when they said they would be, my instant thought was, "Oh no, they're in a car crash". And I always assumed the worse. My head was filled with thoughts of what I would do with my life, or what I...
    blutkrieg blutkrieg 13-15 1 Response Jul 16, 2010

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    Do I Have Dsps?

    Since I was about ten, maybe a little less, I found it really difficult to turn my head off at night. I'd just feel like there was no way to just stop thinking; like I was bored and uncontrollably thinking of things I could do, rather than sleep. Now, by the time I eventually...
    MedlarGW MedlarGW 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 4, 2013

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    Reading Some Stories Makes Me Feel Old, But Dsps Can Affect Anyone!

    I turn 40 this year (yep, the mid-life crisis has begun..a tattoo, never thought I'd get one). Anyway, the tattoo has come partly because of ill health, which includes the DSPS and FMS and CFS/ME, I've got a real alphabet soup of health problems. Although I never realised I had...
    scattynat scattynat 41-45, F Feb 25, 2013

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    Helpful Site

    Hi All, I recently found this site. http://circadiansleepdisorders.org/ It seems like a really good group that is really trying to further research and understanding about Circadian Sleep Disorders. They really need support and followers to make an impact so check them out...
    sleepyvixen sleepyvixen 31-35, F Jul 13, 2012

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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

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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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    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 1 Response Dec 4, 2013

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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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    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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    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

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    I have had DSPS for years

    and it has destroyed many aspects of my life. I was prescribed melatonin to help me get to sleep, but even if i got to sleep early i still woke up late, so i did some research and came across a product called "Wake up on time". Theyre tablets with caffeine and other vitamins in...
    bhawk01 bhawk01 26-30, M Jan 15

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    I Feel Helpless

    I am 21 years old and just found out about DSPS. I am 100% positive I have this disorder, but for some reason I am the opposite of relieved. Now I know I have no way of ever achieving a normal sleep schedule, and I am stuck with this disorder for the rest of my life. When I was...
    sleeplessintx sleeplessintx 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 10, 2011

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    Pretty Sure I Have Dsps- Advice Please

    I posted this in another I have DSPS group so I apologize if you already read this: 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 clock turn to 12:34...
    PoliticalDiva PoliticalDiva 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 13, 2013

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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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    Do I?

    I tried explaining this to my parents, but my dad keeps telling me it's "self-inflicted." Now I feel a bit foolish because I don't want to use this as an excuse for my sleeping hours. The thing is, how can I say for sure that I have DSPS?
    musicspirit musicspirit 16-17, F 8 Responses Apr 8, 2009

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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

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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 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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    . Bon! c'est de l'argent _comptant_.

    J'en avais bien besoin. «Et de ce non content Aurait avec le pied réitéré...». Sac Vanessa Bruno Grand .. Monsieur ici _présent_ M'a d'un fort grand soufflet fait un petit _présent_.... Et vous, venez au fait. SAC VANESSA BRUNO LIN / Un mot Du fait... Et quand il serait...
    nyujhkhjk0 nyujhkhjk0 26-30, M Dec 16, 2013

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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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    Try This Is You Must Wake Up In The Morning.

    I know how it feels!! My body wants to sleep from 6am-2pm. Like others have said, the time seems to be getting later and later as I age (although I'm now only 23). The only thing that helped me hold a job is called "Wake up on time". It's a supplement i take before bed and it's...
    hollyms hollyms 22-25 1 Response Oct 3, 2010

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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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    More Than Likely, I Have Dsps

    Ever since I started college and I was able to pick my schedule and have long winter and summer breaks, I have noticed that I will fall asleep around 6AM and wake up at 4PM everyday during breaks. I would always stay up later and later, like sleeping 8AM one day, then 10AM the...
    alienware alienware 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 1, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    Ashlygentle Sleep Problem

    i have a sleep problems even though i am on sleeping tablets i get 4- 5 hours a day.warm regards
    ashlygentle ashlygentle 41-45, M Dec 13, 2012

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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

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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 Mar 12

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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

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    Yes, I Have

    i can't sleep at night for a month. everyday i go to bed around 7-8 am. and if i have class morning i sleep just one hour and have headache all day.but if i don't have class i wake up around 2-4 pm and still feel numb.but when dark come im always feel fresh don't no why...
    CrazyAsian CrazyAsian 18-21, F Feb 17, 2013

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    Just Found Out This Is A Disorder Thats Recognised On The Internet Called Dspd

    I have often wondered why I cant get to sleep until around 2 - 3 am every night - its so hard getting up in the morning and then I tend to sleep for an hour or so on an early evening. I am literally wide awake at 12, 1am 2am every night. If I go to bed early I just lay there...
    cathy124 cathy124 56-60, F 1 Response Jan 3, 2013

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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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    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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    Living With Dsps

    Starting off, I'm a college student going into my fourth year to complete my degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. I have always had a significant problem sleeping ever since I can remember, always being referred to as a night owl by friends and such. It didn't fully hit...
    Prower92 Prower92 22-25, M 5 Responses Apr 5, 2012

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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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    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...
    measuredinlight measuredinlight 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 15, 2013

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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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    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 in some way deficient because I found it so hard to get up on many mornings. I remember the frequent experience of lying awake in the dark with...
    softgreenhourglass softgreenhourglass 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 9

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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 20 Responses May 5, 2012

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    Is Anyone On This List Married, Or Have Children?

    How do you cope?  My boyfriend has DSPS and I want to marry him but neither of us can imagine how this might work...
    Lyssa453 Lyssa453 26-30, F 1 Response May 10, 2010

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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 2 Responses Mar 2, 2010

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    Is This Really Something Other People Suffer With? I Thought It Was Just Me.

    I am 31 year old woman and have spent my whole life beating myself up for not being able to do what everyone else can do. I can't wake up in the morning and I can't go to sleep at a normal time. I really want to believe that this is not my fault. I couldn't believe it when I read...
    hadalittle hadalittle 31-35 5 Responses Feb 18, 2011

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