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Well I Definitely Have DSPS...

by James McDaid
(United Kingdom)

I'm 21 years old now and for as long as I can remember I have always been awake past 3 am, even back when I was 5 years old. I used to go to bed at 8 pm and pretend to be asleep until 10 and then play with my spiderman figures until around 3-4 am.

Now I start feeling alert at 12 pm and can easily be awake until 5 o'clock in the morning.

In fact I can only remember 3-4 nights when I went to sleep before 12 am in my entire lifetime. Waking up in the mornings is an absolute killer for me, getting only 2-3 hours sleep really makes my whole work day a battle, I am always late and have to use silly excuses like "The bus broke down, I had to walk the rest of the way." which I am sure my boss doesn't believe.

At least once a week I skip a nights sleep in order to feel tired at the right time and to get a decent nights sleep for the first workday of the week. The sleep deprivation is making me depressed all the time, and I'm usually too wound up to make conversation with people so I would love to end it for all and get my body clock back in sync with the rest of society, but I can't see it happening.

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