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So Glad I Found This! College and Jobs Not Going Well With DSPS

by Ashley
(Charleston, WV, USA)

I am currently 18 and have had this problem of delayed sleep since I was about 9. It has completely ruined my life. I spent most of my days in middle school in detention because I was always late. When I got to high school, it was worse. I basically missed about half of the school days because I couldn't wake up. My parents would say I was just lazy and was purposely not getting up, but I have never even been able to wake up to an alarm my entire life.

I was in college a few months ago, but that was an overall horrible experience. I was able to get my classes to start at noon, but i found myself missing those by a mile. I even had an office job, but it started at 7 in the morning, so you can guess how that went. my boss kept me on for way longer than she needed to because the few hours I was able to be there I worked hard enough to get all of the work done with time to spare. she eventually had to let me go because I was only there for 2 out of the 7-8 hours I was supposed to work.

I am currently jobless and with no life outside of my house. Seems like no one is ever up during my schedule (I sleep from 6-7am to 4-5pm)..

This is nowhere near the life I imagined having at 18.

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Aug 15, 2015
Seeking Out A Profession With Your Desired Hours
by: Kevin

Thanks for sharing your story Ashley. Working business hours is of course a very common problem for people with a delayed sleep phase. One way around it though is to seek out professions that allow you to work at your own time preference. Working online can be a great option for some people in that regard. Or, as another example, working support for an international company that needs support members available for European, Asian, or Australian business hours. Best wishes!

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