How many of you suffer from DSPS (Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome)?

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Hello fellow night owls, I have been suffering from DSPS (Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome) since I was 13. Which means, I usually sleep between 4-6 am (sometimes 8 am!) and wake up at around 1-2pm. I am literally dysfunctional in the mornings. School had been a nightmare for me. However, I have successfully completed my GCSEs and A Levels, and I have already gotten an offer to study Chemical Engineering at Imperial. I am currently enjoying my gap year. I went through hell during my A Levels but I am proud of my achievements. I will be starting uni this September and I am constantly worrying over how I would manage going to morning lectures. Let me tell you this. People do not understand what DSPS really is. They would tell me to go to bed earlier, or wake up earlier, or just tell me I am too lazy. The society doesn't understand, my family doesn't understand; I am completely alone in this battle except for my fellow Night Owls. I wonder how many of you are diagnosed or have self-diagnosed DSPS?
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What is Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome?

Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS), also known as Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD), is a neurological sleep disorder in which a person's sleep/wake cycle is delayed with respect to the external day/night cycle. The person is unable to fall asleep until the wee hours, typically somewhere between 2 am and 6am, and sleeps correspondingly longer in the daytime, often well into the afternoon.
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Have your schools been accomodating to this or have you just managed on your own?

Sounds tricky!
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(Original post by Neostigmine)
Have your schools been accomodating to this or have you just managed on your own?

Sounds tricky!
Managed on my own. I sometimes went to school with just 2hrs of sleep...
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I honestly think I might. I have always, always been a total night owl, but during/since university I've become even... nightier? lol

Forcing myself to wake up at socially acceptable times now leaves me either half-asleep for the whole day, or with a migraine :sad: and neither of those things happened at school, when I could happily get by on a few hours' sleep...

I have even tried this a few times, most times it helps for a week or two but then it just falls apart. My last attempt doesn't seem to have worked at all! I'm beginning to wonder if it would worth seeing how my melatonin levels vary throughout the day, but I'm not completely sure how I could test it myself, or if it would even be useful. What exactly could I do if it turns out my melatonin peaks at some crazy time?
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