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Help! 3 weeks in, cannot handle daylight savings
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llb827 posted:
36 year old female here, ADHD, prone to some anxiety though pretty manageable, cannot sleep, and really need to.

I have a late circadian clock, like a lot of people with ADHD. In the past I used to be able to just fight it-- for years I got up early and worked out before work. But two years ago I started my current job, and in order to work out, I have to be at the gym before 6am. This has been a huge problem for me and I've gotten really out of shape. I also get no exercise during my work day, and I KNOW that the lack of exercise is really having an effect on my sleep.

But it's a vicious circle. I can't get up early enough to exercise unless I get to bed really early and sleep really well. This winter I was just starting to make some progress forcing myself into this. Then daylight savings time came and I can barely get up at 7:30 for work let alone 5:30 for the gym. In fact, I lie in bed all night, and end up falling asleep between maybe 3 and 4:30 am. A few nights I've gotten sleep at 10:30 or 11, only to wake up at 2ish and not fall back alseep.

I feel like I'm doing everything I'm supposed to, a lot of things that were starting to work for me on standard time. I get home from work around 7, cook/eat dinner/clean up. I turn off TV and electronics at 9 and start getting ready for bed. I pick up anything in my bedroom that needs to be organized, take a warm shower, brush teeth, skin care, etc.

By 9:30 I take the .1 mg of clonodine (blood pressure medication) my dr. prescribed to help me get sleepy on a normal clock. I tried taking .2 mg, but it makes me SO dizzy I had to cut back (I also don't have high blood pressure, so I don't love taking this just to help sleep). The .1 mg doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore.

At 9:30 I'll read for a bit (not in bed) and try to get in bed by 10. I've been sleeping with white noise for 10 years. I wear ear plugs and a mask so my boyfriend doesn't disturb me (he sleeps in the other room).

As I said doing all this was starting to work for me despite my slightly late rhythm. Now nothing is. If I go to bed at 10, it's really 9 according to the sun, and if I wake up at 5:30 it's really 4:30. The more I lie in bed, I start to get anxious about sleep and every other problem I might have.

I wake up the absolute latest I can-- 7:30-- and I'm usually about 15 minutes late for work. I don't have the type of job where I would actually need to be in at a certain time, but my boss is very old fashioned and wants me in at 8:30.

My brain usually doesn't wake up until about 10 am, but now I am completely useless all morning and well into the afternoon. It takes me forever to get anything done. I'm anxious and honestly, really hungry all the time, and I think lack of sleep is the reason.

I've had problems with DST in the past, but this year is just a nightmare. I really just don't know what to do, but I HAVE to start sleeping and waking up on time. I cannot find ANY useful advice--everything I already know and it's not working. Can anyone offer anything? Please, I am really at my wit's end. Thanks.
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