Health and Wellness

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

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