How is delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) treated?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) and you can't adjust your life to your body's preferred sleep schedule, there are a few techniques to reset your internal clock:
  • Light therapy, which involves exposure to a full-spectrum lamp, light emitting diode (LED) light, or sunlight for 30 to 90 minutes upon wakening. Light therapy is often paired with darkness therapy, or dimming the lights a few hours before bedtime.
  • Chronotherapy attempts to reset your body's internal clock by manipulating bedtimes. This therapy can sometimes involve controlled sleep deprivation, so it's important to consult a doctor before attempting chronotherapy.
  • Melatonin, taken an hour before bedtime, can often induce sleepiness.

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