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Do my sleep habits accurately exhibit Non 24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder?
An_252240 posted:
I'm a 19-year-old studying the ins and outs of business as a full-time employee at a shop near my home, where I live alone. I have suffered through many mental ailments throughout my life, namely depression and anxiety. I do not believe these factors impact my sleep schedule, but possibly the inverse. I have lots of sleep trouble and it negatively impacts my work life and, on a smaller scale, my social life. The only medication I am taking is Adderall and these problems have not changed since starting it.

I end up going to sleep at anywhere from 8pm to 5am when I work on the proceeding day. This depends on how tired I am, which seems to not correlate with the previous night's sleep. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night, but it is not a consistency. It is usually due to thirst or to use the restroom. I wake up for my job at about 9:40am, giving me ten minutes to get ready for the eight minute drive to arrive at 10:00am. I am consistently late, arriving at 10:01am to 10:20am because I have trouble waking up. I have tried to give myself more time to get ready, waking up as early as 8:00am, but to no avail. I am generally tired throughout the day until the Adderall I take kicks in. I do not take it for energy purposes, I take it as intended for concentration. If I do not take it, I have trouble fully waking up and remain drowsy.

Prior to starting my job, I was enrolled in college. I dropped out after a single semester for endless reasons. I would often nap throughout the day and skip classes due to sleepiness. Since the schedules shifted so hectically (e.g. Monday - 5pm class, Tuesday - 10am class, Wednesday - 3pm class), it was too much effort to maintain any semblance of a sleep schedule. I slept as I pleased, which was literally at any time of day with seemingly no rhyme or reason other than my body telling me to.

On the weekends I do not work, so I tend to go to bed depending on my level of sleepiness. I get the impression that if I did not work, my sleep schedule would shift back to how it was in college; my body would tell me to sleep at any time of day. I go to sleep anywhere from 6pm to 7am and sleep until I wake up, which can be anywhere from 12am to 5pm. I consistently wake up earlier than I want to on the weekends, often opting to go back to bed. This has caused me to miss a few dates with my girlfriend of two years, who I do not yet live with. I am always tired for a few hours after waking up, but my drowsiness goes away about half of the time.

  • Bedtime that changes daily based on level of sleepiness.
  • Unpredictable / erratic sleepiness, not correlating with previous sleep.
  • Drowsiness / low energy levels throughout the day.
  • Time management trouble (missing engagements).

If I do not have Non 24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, I would very much like to know so I can accurately pinpoint the issue. If I have another sleeping disorder, I would like to know. I am sick of having trouble with sleeping. Please help.

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