Question: I thought I was going crazy and so did my family. I didn’t know that there was a disorder out there. I didn’t sleep at night and I slept late in the mornings to afternoons. I been that way all my life.
I never stayed long on 1st shift jobs. I always applied to 2nd or 3rd shift. Mainly 2nd. I took on a new position which required me to work all three shifts. I could handle 2nd and 3rd hours. But I could not handle 1st shift. It got to a point that I experience nausea, vomiting, headaches, heart fluttering, bad temper and falling asleep at the wheel. Luckily, I went to a sleep professional based out of Virginia and he diagnosed me with the disorder. I transferred back to my previous position which is on 2nd shift. I was doing o.k. but then I started taking my little girl to class in the mornings, which breaks my sleep. So when I drop her off and come back home I go back to sleep but over sleep and become late for work. So it has been a struggle.

Answer: Thanks for sharing your story Kerry. The main way DSPS gets us is when the schedule imposed by society doesn’t allow us to get enough sleep. The delayed sleep schedule just makes it impossible to wake up refreshed for work/school/kids’ transportation/etc. The way to adjust is either by advancing the sleep phase or changing society’s schedule on us. Many people have found solace in the latter option, but for some (with children, for example) it is hardly possible, leaving the first option the better choice.Can anyone else with a first shift work schedule and a delayed sleep phase relate to Kerry’s story? Feel free to share your own in the comments section below.

Thanks for your question and good luck,
Kevin