posted on Mar, 21 2010 @ 03:39 AM
I have been this way since before I can remember.
It doesn't matter what I try.
I've been to a sleep clinic, and I've tried:
Eliminating all sources of artificial light at night.
Taking melatonin at night.
Making sure I get lots of light exposure during the day (including the early morning.)
Getting regular exercise during the day.
"Winding down" before bed, by relaxing, and reducing the amount of mental stimulation I've exposed to.
Doing this, I CAN force myself, with great effort, to sleep at night. However, during the day, I don't feel rested. I feel exhausted, sickly, and
fatigued. The longer I do this (I have done it for MONTHS before, in an effort to achieve what my physicians promised would occur: "normalcy") the
worse I feel, until I am just horribly sleepy all day long and finally pass out.
Left to my own devices, I fall asleep around dawn, and awake around 4 PM, after about ten hours. I then feel fit as a fiddle and full of energy all
night long. The darker it is, the more awake and alert I feel.
So not only do I not sleep well at night and feel exhausted during the day, but whenever I sleep, I sleep for a long time (at least ten hours;
This is "just how I am," though I have to hypothesize that there is a reason. (Not that anyone can tell me what it is.) It isn't just delayed sleep
phase syndrome, because it's quite regular.