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  1. Jeroma McSanders

    Hi! DSPS runs in my family on my father’s side. My father, grandmother, two aunts, and cousin all have it (including me). My “sleep cycle” is from between 5-6 AM usually and 2-3 PM. I am aspiring to become a doctor, so I will probably be fine. My boyfriend however is a morning person and we usually only talk or see each other between 3 and 9. :) My parents used to always wake me up in the summer or on the weekends because they thought I was lazy. I used to have poor sleep as a result and could have done WAYYYYY better in school.. Thanks for this information though! :)


  2. @ Jeroma

    Thanks for sharing your experience; I guess your BF’s used to it, huh? :) This person I described, is a very close relation, so I’m hoping it doesn’t rub off on me later in my life. She has this sleep cycle for like, 30 years, and that is a very long time!

  3. Tim9000

    I’ve suffered from DSPS since hitting adolescence (I’m early 40’s now). It makes life difficult. Fortunately I don’t have the worst possible case of it, and at various times over the years I’d even managed to have a regular bed time as early as 12:45am, though often times much later.

    In college I had a major emphasizing book learning and tests, with old-school professors who didn’t care if I missed a lot of classes; therefore I skipped most of my classes before noon and still got A’s. I’ve heard that nowadays colleges in the US are increasingly basing grades partly on attendance because research shows that it’s important. People with DSPS would not fare well in that situation and I fear it will marginalize them further by preventing them from being successful in college.

    In my career I’ve been a programmer working for organizations that tolerate all manner of eccentricity (national labs, defense contractors, and Internet companies) and my managers have never had a problem with my late-shifted hours, even when I’m coming into work mid-afternoon at times. I don’t know how much of this is attributable to luck on my part.

    My DSPS has gotten worse over the last few years and I attribute that to late night computer use–there’s more compelling content on the Web nowadays. For skeptics of DSPS it’s important to note that I was staying up into well into the morning pre-World-Wide-Web, and I was not a big TV watcher. Often times I was just sitting around waiting to get tired. Getting up early (and being exhausted all day long) did nothing to help it.

    There’s a mailing list for people suffering from DSPS that’s worth being on at http://www.circadiandisorders.org.

    Tim


  4. Hi Tim,
    Thanks a lot for sharing your own experience with DSPS. I think DSPS could be increasing, as there are really so many reasons not to go to sleep nowadays.

  5. jl spiers

    DSPD is not curable because it is actually a genetic disorder. they have located the gene that causes DSPS so basically you have to live with it. I’ve had it since 12. it can be a nightmare. you get called lazy, sorry, etc etc. you may be able to do things to make it tolerable and everyone should try to find solutions that works for them. understanding it is the best way to control it because if you don’t it will control you. I’ve suffered for 35 years. it is better at times but it has effected every aspect of my life.


  6. @ Jl Spiers
    I’d like to live in the hope that such a thing can be fixed. Before I found out about DSPS, I always thought this family relation of mine, was like you said, lazy. She has had it since the early 80s at least.

  7. Patricia Charlton

    I sleep my best from about 3-4am to as long as I’m allowed to sleep, sometimes 8am or sometimes 12 – 24 hrs. I can adjust my schedule to that as I no longer work. I did work 27 yrs. of night shift (11p-7am). Even then though I usually had one night a week when I could not sleep at all. My biggest concern now is that I have periods where I cannot sleep for 24-72 hrs and am still not sleepy. Well, maybe at the end of that 72hr period finally. This can’t be good for my brain and concerns me that it might have some on my life expectancy. Trying melantonin, sleeping pills or Dr. prescribed sleep hygiene doesn’t work at all. don’t know where to turn !!


  8. @ Patricia

    How long have you been trying to adjust to a “normal” sleep pattern? If you want to adjust your circadian rhythm to a more normal one, you have to do it slow, since you spent so many years not sleeping at night. A suggestion is make sure your bedroom is really dark at night when you want to sleep, and get yourself (especially your eyes) exposed to lots of sunlight during the day. I certainly do not mean staring at the sun though. Using moderate amounts of melatonin at night may be helpful too.

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