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Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Delayed Sleep Phase (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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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 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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I have delayed sleep phase syndrome, what is it?

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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Are add and delayed sleep phase syndrome connected?

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?

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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Can you tell me anything about delayed sleep phase syndrome?

DSPD: You can learn more about this circadian rhythm sleep disorder at http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/delayed-sleep-phase/. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get checked for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Where can I go to get checked for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

A sleep specialist: The diagnosis is generally made on the basis of some combination of a careful history by a sleep expert, a sleep record that you keep for a period of time (maybe two to three weeks) and, possibly, a recording system of activity (called and actigraph). Actually the "fitbit" and several smartphone apps can substitute for an actigraph. ...Read more

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Need some tips for someone who has delayed sleep phase syndrome?

DSPS: You can learn more about this circadian rhythm sleep disorder at http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/delayed-sleep-phase/ use excellent sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish >. ...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