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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
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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 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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Delayed sleep phase (Tip)

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
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Wake up at the same time every day
daily
Don't drink alcohol before bedtime
daily
Use your bed only for sleep (and sex)
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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?

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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Delayed sleep phase (Tip)

Poor sleeping is associated with increased risk for metabolic disorders such as diabetes. ...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

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Delayed sleep phase (Tip)

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

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Are there home remedies for delayed sleep phase?

Are there home remedies for delayed sleep phase?

Sleep restriction: Sleep restriction therapy - you figure out how many hours you're actually sleeping, then limit your window of sleep time to that amount. Gradually, as you sleep for that whole time you lengthen it. It is hard because you will be tired for days/week as you implement it. It is hard to explain in detail in such a short field but many therapists and books can help with this. It works well though! ...Read more

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I have delayed sleep phase syndrome, what is it?

Delayed sleep phase: This is a sleep disorder in which you sleep predominantly during the day and stay awake late at night. Your sleep wake cycle has been delayed, it can be treated with chronotherapy in order to reset your your sleep point and wake point. ...Read more

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Delayed sleep phase (Tip)

Sleep apnea is not a disease of obese people. 30% of people with sleep apnea are non-obese. ...See more

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What's the cause of delayed sleep phase disorder?

What's the cause of delayed sleep phase disorder?

Habits, light, genes: Delayed sleep phase syndrome is a partly genetic condition whereby one's sleep-wake schedule is greatly delayed with respect to the timing of one's internal biological clock. Causes include 1) habitually intentionally staying up late (e.g. To play video games), 2) exposure to too much light before bedtime, 3) exposure to too little light upon awakening, 4) genetic predisposition, 5) certain meds. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of delayed sleep phase?

What are the main symptoms of delayed sleep phase?

Symptoms: Include not being able to fall asleep at a "normal" time. A lot of patients can't fall asleep before 2-6 am. As a result, you can't wake up before 10 am to 1 pm. If you must get up, you feel sleepy/tired till late afternoon. These things reduce your ability to function, leading to job and relationship problems. ...Read more

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Are add and delayed sleep phase syndrome connected?

Not necessarily: Add and delayed sleep phase syndrome (dsps) are not necessarily connected. There is some research however that shows that up to 20% of sleep deprived children have add. Treating the cause of sleep deprivation improves, but does not necessarily resolve the add. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have delayed sleep phase syndrome?

How to tell if I have delayed sleep phase syndrome?

I would encourage: You to read this article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/delayed-sleep-phase/. If your sleep pattern is off by 2 or more hours ; you are falling asleep later and waking up later you may have delayed sleep phase. ...Read more

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Delayed sleep phase (Tip)

Getting restful sleep has been proven to decrease risk of heart disease. ...See 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