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DSPS Is A Major Problem With My School!

by Anon
(England)

Before I start, I am writing this and the time is 0:11pm. And I am awake and ready for a run (seriously I could go for a run now).

I am 15 years old and have the classic symptoms of DSPS. The one major reason this is affecting me is because I go to a boarding school. At school the times that we are “forced into” is 7:15 start and 10:15 bedtime.

I have read (Wikipedia) that some symptoms or impacts are sleepiness, fatigue, headache, decreased appetite, or depressed mood. Patients with DSPD often have difficulty maintaining ordinary social lives, and some of them lose their jobs or fail to attend school. Another thing I have noticed, not sure if it’s just me but, I always seem to distract myself from what I am meant to be doing because I am tired.

I seem to have all of these symptoms when I'm at school, but when I'm at home I only have the sleepiness due to sleep debt. I sleep 6 hours every night (at school) before I force myself up and have a cold shower to give me a bit of a shock. Then I am completely unresponsive in my classes up until midday. After that I am completely fine, but I have no lessons then I have a sports activity.

I usually get into the routine (sort of) about 5/6 weeks in and then I have a break and it all goes back to square 1. At home I usually fall asleep anywhere from 4-6am (depending on what I'm doing, i.e work, Facebook) and if I'm left alone will wake up around 1-2pm, if not then I will stay in bed until I physically won’t be able to move any faster to do what I have to do when I get up.

Sorry for the all over the place, I just don’t really know what to write. Anyway, the main reason I write this is because I am failing in school (considering asking me to leave) and have exams soon and I don’t know whether I should go and see a doctor or not? I'm not even sure if I should tell my mum about it. Even though she thinks the problem is that I'm lazy and have no motivation.

**Quick note** I am extremely shy and wouldn’t know how to approach a situation like this, i.e what to say to someone.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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