Can't sleep without daytime
February 7, 2011 3:02 PM Subscribe
My spouse has having problems going to sleep and staying that way for as long as we've been together. We've found a few things on Dr. Wikipedia, but wanted to get the hive mind's opinion.
posted by fireoyster to health & fitness (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
She is in her early 30s and can't usually sleep at night unless she's past the point of exhaustion and, even then, it isn't very restful. When the sun comes up, however, it's another matter and sleep comes quickly for 7-8 hours at a stretch. She's said that her childhood saw her staying up almost all night and then going to sleep as soon as daylight hit. It's not for lack of trying that she doesn't sleep at night. Usually she'll wind up on a schedule where she's up most of the night and then will try going to sleep an hour earlier each 24-hour interval. This goes OK until going to sleep around 1am, and then she goes back to not being able to sleep without the sun. Having a light on in the bedroom doesn't seem to change anything.
Here is the portion she wanted me to post:
"if it's so much easier for me to sleep during daylight and be wired when it's dark, is there a possibility that something is reversed in my biorhythm? it's also common for people to feel depressed when it rains and happy when it's sunny, but the sun pisses me off and i feel relieved when it rains.
i know the body is used to setting off certain processes when it sees daylight and turning them off at night so i'm [also] trying to figure out how unhealthy it would be to always sleep during the day and be awake at night, since it seems i can only sleep comfortably during the day no matter how many hours i stay up in order to tire myself out."
She was doing research and found a page on delayed sleep phase syndrome
whose symptoms near-exactly match hers, especially: DSPS patients cannot simply force themselves to sleep early. They may toss and turn for hours in bed, and sometimes not sleep at all...
She has no problem sleeping, it just has to be during the day.
YAN[her]D, of course.