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Is there a solution for delayed sleep phase syndrome?

Postby Waynefb » Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:55 pm

Greetings folks.
I really need some help with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome (DSPS) which seems to be getting worse. Sleep time is now 6 - 8am so you can imagine, this is making life very difficult indeed.
I have trawled the internet looking for answers and I'm just wondering if anyone has ever been 'cured' of this, and if so, how?
There are lots of descriptions of symptoms out there by fellow-sufferers (which are almost a carbon copy likeness of my symptoms...which is reassuring) but very few actual answers or effective solutions!
I was diagnosed by a specialist sleep clinic, but unfortunately they are being.....well, politeness stops me from finishing that sentence.
They have put me on melatonin which I've been taking for about a year and have prescribed funky yellow sunglasses which cut out blue light. I have tried staying awake all night, I've tried setting punishing alarms to wake me up, Ive tried using a light box, but none of these things helped at all.
I am taking medication for sleep (and other things), chiefly zopiclone, which helps, but doesn't knock me out - the stubbornness of the resistance to going to bed always wins.
I'm thinking that some sort of schedule plus all the above, plus self-discipline might hold a solution somehow but I can't work it out. (Honestly, I'm not that good at self-discipline but am getting desperate.) The only other approach I've read about is just to give in to it & lead a nocturnal existence. I don't want to give up on this though, as it's seriously curtailing my opportunities for a fulfilling life.
I have several co-morbid conditions, the worst of which being Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E), sleep apnoea (now well-controlled by CPAP) and Emotionally Unstable (Borderline) Personality Disorder, which manifests itself as anxiety and depression. I have been on anti-depressants for years and my GP is being very helpful re meds at the moment and we are trying other meds to try to control anxiety & mood swings. (The Community Mental Health Team are useless.)
I have finally found a good, long-term counsellor/therapist who I see every week & she really is brilliant. I think I have achieved more recovery in the 9 months I've been seeing her than I have for years, so I have hope there.
Anyway - please forgive the length of this post but I wanted to give as much relevant background info as possible.
I am prepared to do pretty much anything to sort this but I'm really not sure how to proceed.
Thank you for reading this and many thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Best wishes
Wayne.
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