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Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Delayed Sleep Phase (Overview)

Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) is a condition in which a person has a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, a chronic problem with the timing of his sleep, his peak period of alertness, his body temperature rhythm, etc..., compared to the average normal person. People with DSPS generally fall asleep hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning, but are not sleepy in the daytime afterwards.


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How can I fix a delayed sleep phase?

How can I fix a delayed sleep phase?

Slowly: Our body's sleep mechanisms don't like abrupt change. Depending on how many hours your phase delay is, it can take weeks/months. First bit of advice is to slowly shift sleep/wake times. Try 15 minute changes, and then don't 'graduate' to another 15-min shift until you're falling asleep w/in 30 min at your new bedtime. Melatonin at night may help. Bright light in morning; dark as possible at night. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Schwartz
34 doctors shared insights

Delayed Sleep Phase (Overview)

Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS) is a condition in which a person has a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, a chronic problem with the timing of his sleep, his peak period of alertness, his body temperature rhythm, etc..., compared to the average normal person. People with DSPS generally fall asleep hours after midnight and have difficulty waking up in the morning, but are not sleepy in the daytime afterwards.


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How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

How is delayed sleep phase diagnosed?

Sleep log: Usually the diagnostic workup begins with a 7 day sleep log and a questionnaire that determines your best time of performance. Medical, other sleep disorders and psychiatric illnessness must also be ruled out. A sleep study can also be helpful. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Avoid sleeping with lights and TV on: it prevents deeper sleep. ...See more

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Sleeping Better (Checklist)

Go to bed at the same time every day
Once
Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
Daily
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What is delayed sleep phase syndrome?

What is delayed sleep phase syndrome?

DSPS: Simply put, dsps is when a person can fall asleep and stay asleep normally (ie, insomnia is not an issue) but they habitually fall asleep late at night, such as 2-3 am. They also sleep a normal number of hours. Advanced sleep phase disorder is the exact same thing but the person sleeps early such as 7-8 pm. Think college student and elderly person respectively. ...Read more

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What is delayed sleep phase disorder?

Teenage sleep: This is commonly found in teenagers. It occurs when a person stays up later and later and sleeps later and later. Thus shifting their sleep wake cycle so that they sleep more in the day and stay up more at night, it can be treated with chronotherapy - walking the person around the clock to the correct times. ...Read more

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Sleeping Better (Tip)

Sleeping Better

Read book or watch tv in another room, and when start to fall asleep, go to bedroom. ...See more

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Living with Sleep Apnea (Checklist)

Use your CPAP regularly
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Get 7-8 hours of sleep nightly
daily
Don't drink alcohol
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Never drive sleepy
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What actually is a delayed sleep phase syndrome?

What actually is a delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Circadian disorder: Delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) is partly a genetic condition that results in the delayed timing of sleep with respect to the signal generated by the endogenous biological clock. People with dsps cannot fall asleep until very late at night and then sleep late into the day. Moving one's wake-up time earlier by increments each day, evening melatonin, or morning bright light can ameliorate dsps. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is a delayed sleep phase?

What kind of condition is a delayed sleep phase?

Circadian disorder: Delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) is partly a genetic condition that results in the delayed timing of sleep with respect to the signal generated by the endogenous biological clock. One's habitual schedule of exposure to light and dark can contribute to and maintain dsps. Moving one's wake-up time earlier by increments each day, evening melatonin, or morning bright light can ameliorate dsps. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more