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Medically Proven....

A few months ago I was surfing Wikipedia's list of mental disorders, in this were included various sleep disorders. Curious, I clicked on them, and read the different pages. I was reading the symptoms of 'Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome' and quickly realized it was what I had. I went to the doctor, and he confirmed this to be true. Yay! I've been diagnosed, happy, right? No. Not really.

The thing about Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome is that the only thing you can really do is take medication, but I sadly get tolerant to medication ridiculously fast. Not only that, it's a life long disorder that affects my every day life. Basically, I'm nocturnal. My whole schedual is about eight to nine hours behind every one else's, so I should naturally be sleeping from six in the morning to three in the afternoon. Most teenagers have a mild form of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome throughout there adolescence and eventually grow out of it. I've had this all my life, even when I was a toddler I couldn't get to sleep until around midnight.

I can't get to sleep any earlier than eleven thirty, and this is with medication. And I have to get up at five thirty to take the public bus to school. It's honestly rather hellish. I've become used to being sleep deprived each day.... but I know that if only I didn't have this damn disorder many of my other problems would be gone or greatly reduced!

It really ****** me off..... >.>
Artaith Artaith 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 8, 2011

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I've not been officially diagnosed yet but plan to be because I know I have DSPS. Since 1993 I've been put on all kinds of prescription drugs to help with my symptoms and other things I have such as Fibromyalgia (FMS), migraines etc.

As of about 3 years ago I weaned myself off all the prescriptions, use to be a nurse so I know how to do this, and have kept 4 meds for when I really, really need to take them. I feel a lot better off the meds and I am not a zombie anymore from being on them every day all day long. I know in the long run I will also SAVE AN ORGAN because heavy medicine use for years will eventually lead to some type of organ dysfunction, disease or failure, especially your liver, kidneys and adrenal glands.

I've decided to do what makes me feel best mentally and physically and to hell with what others think.

I'd like to mention that yes I do daytime family activities, holidays and vacations or visiting friends for 3-4 days in a row and get up to enjoy those things. However after they are over it takes me weeks on end playing catch up to get myself feeling better again after being off my night time schedule.

My natural schedule is between 6 to 9 am bedtime and I wake up around 530. I have tried everything I can think of to change it because I cannot function on this schedule. I take to a of sleeping pills and still cannot sleep until 5 or 6am

As you now Sea I am on that sleep schedule now too. It started this past fall of 2014. It use to be 2am - 4am I'd go to bed and get up at 1-2pm. Now it's like yours and I'm having a really hard time trying to get it back to what it was so that I can a least make it to appointments and other things I need to get done in the day time, like car repairs. Today I got up at 4pm by setting alarms for 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. It's almost 8pm and I'm finially coming awake! UGH!