xlvi. Guest Blogger: Breann Hays

11 October 2009 at 21:15 | Posted in Circadian rhythm | 3 Comments
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This post was written in response to one whose author also lives on a very strict schedule and thereby feels that he has “defeated” his circadian rhythm disorder.  Breann feels a bit differently about it.  Thanks, Breann, for letting me use this!

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I wouldn’t say that I’ve beaten DSPS.  I know that as soon as I stop doing everything right all the time, things will go back to the way they were.  I’ve been on the early morning schedule for about four months now, and my friends and family are really happy for me because they’ve never seen me do it for this long before.  (Sad but true :p)
But they also seemed to think that I would somehow have cured myself doing it  …  conveniently around the time they are getting sick of the unyielding restrictions on my time. 
One recently asked how much longer I would have to keep it up.  I said I was looking for new chromosomes, but they didn’t seem to have any at the store  😦  Then I felt bad for being mean, but it made me mad that she seemed to think that just because I was doing things differently it was going to really change anything.
Like I haven’t tried doing things differently a million times…  I have to keep reminding people that I have known how to operate an alarm clock for a long time, that’s not the part I had to learn… and none of this changes anything REALLY.
DSPS is a condition, not a habit.
Then she got kind of depressed and said it seems like a lot of work for nothing, then I got kind of depressed because it is…  But, oh well, at least I can say that I have a much better chance of at least graduating school.
I haven’t beaten anything…  I am just able to cope a lot better now.  And it took 3 years to get it down, too!


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  1. “I’ve been on the early morning schedule for about four months now


    I haven’t beaten anything… I am just able to cope a lot better now. And it took 3 years to get it down, too!”

    Wow 4 months on an early schedule is fantastic! I’m trying out some new things myself and am going on 1 month sleeping 0:00 – 8:00 now.

    If you have the time to write another post, I would love to know what you are doing to accomplish this. What habbits did you change? Are you using light therapy/melatonin and how long, at what time, how much etc. 🙂

  2. I know that this is an older post but I can certainly relate. I had to keep myself on a strict schedule as a teen so that I could graduate high school. After high school I was finally able to follow my natual sleep patterns for the most part.

  3. Hello Jessica. Yes, an older post but I’m so glad people keep reading and relating here. The condition is a little bit easier to live with when one learns one’s not alone with it, right?

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