The After-hours Gene

It's just terrible; I can't seem to get to sleep before 5 am! It really sucks because when I have an appointment or something I have to plan ahead and start depriving myself of sleep so that when it comes to the night before I can fall asleep. But even then it's still hard! My doctor has me on a combo of meds that's unheard of, two knockout drugs, Seroquel and Trazadone. Still, I never fall asleep till the crack of dawn. It runs in the family, ya know. My mom's the same way. A genetic mutation called "the after-hours gene" apparently has an effect on internal body clock (circadian rhythm) that runs in 27 hr cycles as opposed to a normal person's 24 hr cycle. This possibly explains why I am NEVER sleepy except when awoken too early. For me, going to sleep is always a chore or a duty instead of a necessary retreat.
SWATgirl SWATgirl
26-30, F
4 Responses Aug 11, 2007

U seem ti b depleted in melstonin. Your sleep hormone. I think youll need a script for it. Mo side effects or groggy feeling. Naturally tries to regulate sleep hormone. U will also do well to take 400 mg magnesium at about 9 or 10 at night and practice meditstion lying down

Oh I know that felling SO well, Iv'e been down the drugs from doctor route myself, didn't do a thing for me, the tablets were supposedly so strong that one would send anyone to sleep, and this effect was doubly amplified if you had any alcohol, well in the death I could take three of these pills and about half a bottle of brandy and still be awake, I think I must have the same gene probs as you !

I have the same problem. In college I fixed so that none of my classes began before noon. What I really hate is that being a night owl makes me tired all day. Then I'm accused of being lazy which is anything but true. Sometimes I work twelve hours at night. Geez Louise!

I feel your pain. It's not inherited in my case, my parents are in bed by eight or so. I was once a part of a sleep study where grad students were studying our biorhythms (similar to what you're saying) and was basically told some people get their 'best sleep' during the day opposed to at night. It sucks because, like you, I'd rather be sleeping at six am, but instead, I have to get up and get ready for work on 1 or 2 hours of sleep. I've tried meds, but they make me feel weird the next day and never work right. <br />
I hope you get some sleep tonight, but as you say, it's a chore.