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I'm Sad And Depressed Trying To Fix This DSPS Problem

by JM
(South Carolina, USA)

I am 42 and have been struggling with this for at least 14 years, probably longer.

I remember clearly being "awake" at 5am when I was pregnant with my first child. Ever since then it has been difficult to go to bed at a "reasonable" hour. It's 4am now, and I am awake. (Ready to go to bed soon though).

I have a supportive husband but I feel like a huge, awful failure, especially with my kids. "We" homeschool our kids (ages 10 and 13) but in reality my husband does it all in the mornings because I am unable to rise early. He's a college professor with afternoon classes thankfully or we couldn't do this. Miraculously, when the kids were little I was able to drag myself out of bed for them. Although I have NEVER EVER woken up feeling "refreshed" no matter what I have tried and no matter the hours of sleep. I can sleep for 14 hours and still have trouble rising!?!?!?! Madness.

I hate myself because of this and this cursed disorder. I NEED a treatment, I NEED something to change my sleep pattern. I would be ok with a midnight or 1am bedtime and awaking by 9 or 10 am. Please tell me there is a cure, because I can't accept this as my fate forever. I wont make it. My kids need me. Please help! :-(

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