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So I sleep from 8am to 5pm and can't seem to break the cycle, do I need a doctor? The "waking up early" thing won't work because I am only just going to bed when it's early. I tried the few hours of sleep thing but am always way to tired and have to nap. I did get myself out of it by spitting the sleep into two but I keep falling back to this pattern. I think I need something drastic.

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marked as duplicate by Raystafarian, Dennis S., Rory Alsop May 6 '14 at 21:07

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Yes, go see a doctor. He is likely to give you better advice than all us good meaning amateurs here ;-) and he can investigate symptoms. We can't. – Jan Doggen May 6 '14 at 7:36

Force yourself to stay up. You are at 8-5, so gradually increase that to 10-7, then 12-9 until you're all the way back to a normal schedule. Naps are fine as long as your final sleep cycle ends up where it is supposed to be.

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Having struggled with something like this for years, I would advise my younger self to see a doctor sooner (if you can't solve it within a few weeks), and if he/she didn't understand the problem, try a different doctor until you find one who gets it. This kind of sleep schedule can be a symptom of clinical depression, but researchers are discovering that it can also be a primary problem that can cause depression. Either way, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, cbt-i, can be helpful. All the sleep aids I have tried, except melatonin 1g, have had hangover-like side effects, but I have had better luck staying on a decent sleep schedule with (wakefulness-promoting drugs) modafinil and armodafinil (which my doctor prescribed).

And thirding the advice to shift your sleep schedule forward, which I have had to do a few times.

Good Luck!

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Verifying sleeping during sunny hours is confirmed to be linked to depression. Effectively not getting enough sunlight (specifically vitamin D) it screws with your biological chemistry. In addition simply not seeing natural sunlight in general can have a profound psychological effect. See a doctor who specializes in sleep sooner than later, the more engrained the habit the more time it takes get over it. – RualStorge May 6 '14 at 19:03

I can't comment yet, so I apologize for the answer spam. I agree with simplyianm and just want to supplement his answer. Find some stimulus that keeps you awake as well as some things to do that you can just turn your brain off for. Some examples include working out, or starting a project that you're really into.

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