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Puneet Patni, M.D.

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Not a Morning Person? You Might Have Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome

Posted by Puneet Patni, M.D. on Jun 6, 2018 8:09:00 AM

“I’m a night owl.”

“I work better after everyone is asleep.”

“I’m not a morning person.”

“I can’t concentrate before noon.” 

If you’ve ever said these and struggle with getting up at what the rest of the world considers a “normal” time for most of your life, there’s a pretty good chance you have a disorder called delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS). In fact, studies estimate that one in 750 adults has the syndrome, and while it’s not life threatening and doesn’t cause much distress (apart from the irritation of being dragged out of bed in the mornings) it can be a nuisance and can affect your body in unexpected ways. 

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Topics: delayed sleep syndrome, nightowl

Sleep Paralysis: The Demon on Your Chest, the Voices in the Dark

Posted by Puneet Patni, M.D. on Apr 5, 2017 8:43:00 AM

Imagine you’re lying awake in bed when you sense a presence in the room. There’s something moving in the dark. “Who’s there?” you try to ask, but you can’t move your lips to speak. The figure approaches and as you begin to make out the figure, you realize it’s not human. Terrified, every fiber in your being wants to get up and run, but your body won’t move. You desperately try to scream for your life, but you can’t make a sound. There’s no escape.

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Topics: sleep paralysis, atonia

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