I feel extremely burned out, tired, unexcited, un interested, from 5 pm till 1 am, then from 1 am until 6 am, I am burning with intensity and absolutely can't sleep, then I'm in bed from 6 am until 5 pm.
No responses suggesting anything, I only want to see if I can find anyone who's had this exact same thing and how they cured it. I'm expecting this to be an empty post.
I've have the SAME pattern going on for a few YEARS, except that I'm not "burning with intensity", simply wide awake when I need to sleep (1-6am) and sleeping (6am-4pm) when I need to be working, and lifeless and inactive otherwise. I also have ZERO appetite until at least midnight. In my case it's viscous-cycle depression that began with a tragedy in 2008, and now results from the very unhealthy lifestyle that took hold after that (I'm actually "over" the thing that initially got me down). Let's see if we can identify some common traits, and maybe compare results as we make lifestyle changes. If you'll play along, I'll document my modest changes here each week, and how I'm feeling :
I'm 45 years old, male, ex-smoker (quit last summer)
I used to work second shift (3-11pm) at a high pressure job, considered late night to be my evening, and bedtime to be around 6am -- have never adjusted since I left that job in 2008
When I work, I work from home -- no clock to punch or boss to report to
I drink lots of beer nightly, having the first around 11 and many more until 5 or 6 am
I watch lots of TV or use the computer between 11 and 6 am
I'm borderline obese
I've had a horrible diet (pizza, delivery food) for years
I lived a 100% sendentary, desk job lifestyle for years
MY ADMITTEDLY MODEST CHANGES FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 10:
This is definitely something you should see a medical professional about, Henry. The sleep disturbance you are describing is very extreme and could have a dozen different possible causes. A complete physical with blood work is the first order of business.
Whatever it is, it's almost certainly treatable, so don't worry too much and don't be afraid to ask for help.
Does your energy level fluctuate in relation to daily workout at all?
What's your exercise schedule & intensity like?
My sleep schedule is pretty close to yours, but I've found that it's exercise-driven. My daily workout is 1700-1800, followed by protein intake. Usually wide awake until mid-morning, 0300-0400. However, moving workout to a.m./noon results in a normal sleep pattern of falling asleep 22-2300... the trick is to not be too tired in the morning to actually do PT.