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    Question Delayed sleep phase syndrome

    Anyone else have this? Apparently the frontal cortical areas of my brain like to keep me up at night and make me sleep during the day ( a misfire of the neurons). melatonin has been tried as well as sleep meds and both have failed me. try as hard as I might.. I simply cannot sleep untill daylight hits. Then I sleep only 2 hrs at a time so my sleep is very fragmented. I am sooo worn out and crabby all the time becuz of this. my sleep doc is of no help to me and only suggests I "live with it" I do have a heart problem but had this way before that even.

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    so sorry you sleep weird too. even as a child, if i stayed awake until a certaian hour, i often stayed awake a long time. i am still that way. sorry they cannot help you..
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    My sleep doc says that I need to find work that starts late in the day: "Work at night," he says.
    “The revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.”
    ~ Tara Brach, “Radical Acceptance”

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    sorry for delayed reply, when i was young i did work nights. finally had to ask doctor why i was always still worn out. he asked how long did i sleep and decided that i was sleeping way to long so for me to get up after appropriate amount of time. but years later here i still have sleep problems. at least now i know why some of it is caused by needing oxygen but haven't gotten it all straightened out yet.

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    This thread is a year old -- but maybe someone is still interested.

    I've just written a long reply in the thread "Chronic Intractable Insomnia...", where I wrote about the use of melatonin for sleep troubles. It is generally advised for people with Delayed Sleep-Phase Disorder.

    If interested, please take a look at that thread.

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    Thank you. I appreciate your reply in that thread. I am pretty sure that my sleep problem is deeply psychological -- no MD has made any headway in over 30 yrs of my seeking help and neither have the psychologists for that matter. I guess I remain pessimistic.
    “The revolutionary act of treating ourselves tenderly can begin to undo the aversive messages of a lifetime.”
    ~ Tara Brach, “Radical Acceptance”

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    Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder was first defined in the early 80s. So 30 years ago, no doctors had heard of it. Still most doctors haven't, even some of them who call themselves sleep specialists (they're concerned with apnea, restless legs etc.).

    Some (a lot of) people with DSPS/DSPD will never be able to achieve the "normal" early awakening, but most of us sleep well and for about 8 hours, often more.

    Melatonin helps some, bright light in the morning helps some and dark (dim) evenings are a good idea for most everyone. Good luck, Mari.

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