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Are you an owl or lark ? Sleep timing and Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 04, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Getting a restful sleep is always encouraged and rightfully so, but if you're still getting 8 hours of sleep does it matter if its not at the conventional hours that most people sleep ?

Say youre sleeping from 3am-11am as oppose to 11pm-7am..is this really harmful and less optimal to your overall health?

I found this really interesting (and often amusing ) thread here-

http://paleohacks.com/questions/12555/late-sleeping-what-is-it#axzz2Y6KGdrR9

totally relate to alot of the experiences described by the posters there..

Q-Are there studies showing that keeping these hours is harmful? (i see references about shift-working hours being unhealthy so would this be the same thing? How important would it be to try and "fix" /"affect" this syndrome/disorder? and shift the times closer to conventional hours.

T.I.A for your thoughts, experiences and opinions

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on July 05, 2013
at 09:25 PM

ty for your response...yeah, seems like some of us must be wired that way. Ive always taken ages to fall asleep even as a child. Its like asking a "normal hours" sleeper to hit the sack at 7-8pm. Maybe in some cases they might even be able to drift off relatively quickly, without the endless tossing and turning. I envy them though!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on July 05, 2013
at 09:15 PM

ty for your response. What were the supplements? lol, yeah 3am -9:30am is brutal.. :) !

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68655ec9711d207d69a63ebf96b37573

on July 05, 2013
at 09:10 AM

I am really a night owl and usually sleep 3am-11am. I don't want to fix it right now because I walk my dog at 130am for an hour, when it's not as hot (I live in Dubai, UAE)

I think you're really wired that way, it can be so hard to force yourself onto a normal schedule that you probably get better sleep if you don't. Generally though, it's probably healthier to sleep when it's dark, eg 9pm, and rise when it's light, 6am, and get good short-wave morning sunlight

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on July 05, 2013
at 09:25 PM

ty for your response...yeah, seems like some of us must be wired that way. Ive always taken ages to fall asleep even as a child. Its like asking a "normal hours" sleeper to hit the sack at 7-8pm. Maybe in some cases they might even be able to drift off relatively quickly, without the endless tossing and turning. I envy them though!

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7dab2d8c97e44d8d0c298e5c9d5d75bc

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on July 05, 2013
at 02:30 PM

Well, my naturopath did a urine-saliva cortisol test. She found I had very high levels until 2am (probably from college life and coffee...). We did a few supplements to even it out, then I go off of the supplements and my natural rhythem is sleeping about 9:30pm/10pm to 6am. I don't wake up half heartedly, and I feel ready for my day. This never happened on my old sleep schedule of 3am-9:30/10a! Haha!

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on July 05, 2013
at 09:15 PM

ty for your response. What were the supplements? lol, yeah 3am -9:30am is brutal.. :) !

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