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Re: Delayed Sleep Phase

Posted by Sean on February 25, 1999, at 18:58:30

In reply to Re: Delayed Sleep Phase, posted by Elizabeth on February 25, 1999, at 18:23:27

> > Hi Shell...go here
> > Springs/1123/dsps.html
> > Lots of info....bye now Phil
> Phil, thanks for the link; interesting site.
> Sounds sort of like the reverse of my problem (well, one of my problems, anyway): I can get to sleep if I try to (pretty good at relaxing if I can focus on it), but I can only stay asleep for a little while (an hour or two without hypnotics - Ambien buys me another couple hours). Seems to me that DSPS should be treatable with short-term hypnotics + behavior therapy.

Over the years I have noticed that my sleep phase
advances out of sync with the rest of the world,
and to a large degree, predicts my mood states.
Each night I fall asleep at a later time, so at some
point, my brain thinks it is the middle of the
night and yet I am awake (kind of). My experience
with AD's is that they initially work to re-set
my clock and I wake up early. If I take them too
long, I eventually wake up after about two hours
of sleep in a hypomanic state. While this is great
fun compared to depression, I don't get anything
productive done due to scattered thinking and I
have to stop. The longest I seem to be able to
have a stable sleep/mood pattern is about 4 days.
The cycle takes about 5 weeks to revolve and I go
from great joy to suicidal thoughts during this
time. It sucks, and yet it is all I know. Sleep
is a key player in all of this somehow. I wish I
was a person who could sleep 8 hours a night and
wake up refreshed, energetic, and have balanced

Can anybody relate? Any sugggestions?




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