Night owl or Sleep disorder?

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Night owl or Sleep disorder?

for almost as long as I can Remember I have been a night owl. I dislike really loud or piercing noises, I prefer living and working in dimly lit places. I love the nigh-time.  I dislike sunlight. I find that I stay awake at night even if I don’t want to.  I have always had a hard time getting up in the mornings be it for school, work, or everyday things. I am alert and focused at night. I can think, Come up with my best ideas, and work a lot more efficiently.

Have me get up in the morning, I become an ass. tired cranky and irritable. My mind will be in a fog all day and it just does not make for being a good co-worker.

It is probably why I tend to do so much contract work online. Overseas clients with sleep schedules that  are similar to mine.

I decided to do a bit of research into what might be going on. and there is a diagnosis for it.

It is called Delayed Phase Sleep Disorder.

The following information I found while doing some research.

     Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS), also known as delayed sleep-phase disorder (DSPD) or delayed sleep-phase type (DSPT), is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, a chronic disorder of the timing of sleep, peak period of alertness, the core body temperature rhythm, hormonal and other daily rhythms, compared to the normal population and relative to societal requirements. People with DSPS generally fall asleep some hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning.

      Often, people with the disorder report that they cannot sleep until early morning, but fall asleep at about the same time every “night”. Unless they have another sleep disorder such as sleep apnea in addition to DSPS, patients can sleep well and have a normal need for sleep. Therefore, they find it very difficult to wake up in time for a typical school or work day. If, however, they are allowed to follow their own schedules, e.g. sleeping from 4 a.m. to noon, they sleep soundly, awaken spontaneously, and do not experience excessive daytime sleepiness.

Source:  thefreedictionary.com

 The second Paragraph describes what I experience perfectly.  so armed with more information I went to My primary source of information. Wikipedia.

Before you start Yes I know that Wikipedia is maintained by the community as is therefore open to abuse and misrepresentation of information. Please realize that I am one of the people who actually go to the bottom of the page and check out the sources/ references. I find that you can NOT look at one source and expect to know everything. so check for confirmation via the various sources, and from what you learn look up more information. after doing all your fact checking come to your conclusion.

There are a few main treatments for DSPD.

  • Light therapy –triedc, Failed
  • Darkness therapy– Tried, Failed
  • Chronotherapy- Tried, Partial success, Currently reattempting
  • Melatonin — Not Tried, Against my beliefs
  • Cannabis — Tried, Works, Reduces cognitive functions too much and illegal
  • Modafinil, Not tried- Against my beliefs
  • Vitamin B12 — Tried, Failed
The beliefs that I mention above are that each person is responsible for and in control of themselves and their bodies. I do not deny that in the short run man-made drugs may help an issue, In the long run they all do more damage to the body than good. Haven spent my childhood being diagnosed and misdiagnosed and medicated for ADD, ADHD, OCD, bi-polar,  Depression, and I don’t know how many other disorders I realized that the only person in control of myself was me. the medications that I was put on have done irrevocable damage to my body, and that I needed to take control of myself. 

It has taken me making huge mistakes, years of self refection, and a few of fates size 20 boots up my ass but I have, After almost 7 long years, finally gotten to a point where I am being who I wanted to be.
and I am in control of myself and my actions. I have learned how to act instead of react. how to slow down my racing mind, and how to look at the long-term effects of things. I will not say that I have perfected things, at 23 I am far from perfect. But I have made amazing changes to who I am.
I find that with my DSPD I do not consider it a disorder. I Enjoy the night better than the day, It is quiet and peaceful. There is less stress. and I am a happier person at night. I honestly don’t now if I want to change how I wake and sleep, But am thinking that I would make the perfect swing shift worker or online IT and Networking consultant. Then again, That is what I already do….

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