Effects of Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome


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Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome is thought to begin either in infancy, childhood or adolescence and rarely becomes a new found problem after the age of 30. Adolescence is the most common phase in which DSPS develops. This could be due to, as a number of reports suggest, various changes in our lifestyles that can induce DSPS. For example, it is thought that after a time of studying late into the night, or partying, DSPS can become rooted within someone. Due to the change in their lifestyle and later nights the body clock becomes dramatically delayed.

Dangerous Effects

As DSPS will, in most cases, reduce the amount of sleep you receive, the effects can be somewhat dangerous. Even though your sleep is delayed, you will most probably still be trying to maintain a normal routine; getting up for school, work and so on. This lack of sleep will then, sometimes unbeknown to you, create a dramatic reduction in your concentration levels. Many people have reported a decline in their work levels, school grades and more worryingly, sleep disorders can lead to traffic accidents. It can also lead to a break down in relationships due to the irritability caused by less sleep. Therefore, it is important you acknowledge any reduced levels you may feel; be it concentration, feeling of wellbeing, positivity and so forth.

Achieving a Healthy amount of Sleep

It is important, especially in the diagnosis of DSPS, that you are aware that you can sleep for an amount of time that is healthy for you. You are capable of sleeping for a length of time, just that this length of time is delayed for several hours. Equally, many of us will be unable to indulge ourselves in a delayed sleeping pattern as we have to be up for work and so on. If you are a sufferer of DSPS and you can delay your sleeping pattern then the affects of DSPS will probably not affect you as much as others.


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