Inadequate sleep makes ADD ADHD worse
I’m a little more disorganized than usual, thus so is this post. Probably because I didn’t get enough sleep last night.
Sleep is of fundamental importance to our health and well-being, but even more so with ADD ADHD. Our symptoms become worse if we don’t get enough sleep.
Sleep hygiene can be very helpful, but most people don’t want to hear about it. Most of us just want a pill. I put links for sleep hygiene below.
I use melatonin at bedtime. It’s “natural,”for whatever that’s worth. And unless I take it in the middle of the night, there is no hangover. I believe in doing whatever we need to do in order to get our sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) works well for most people, although not for me.
Daytrana and other stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, amphetamines) can be very helpful for ADD ADHD symptoms, but can keep us awake at night unless we managed the dosage and the timing carefully. I need to take my Daytrana patch off by 1:30 PM or I will have insomnia. I use the alarm on my cell phone. It’s set for 1:20 and again for 1:30 – because I don’t always take it off the first time.
The big secret tip about sleep
That’s it. Get up.
If you’re not asleep in 15-20 minutes, or if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, just get up. Do something not too stimulating until you feel sleepy; then go back to bed. Repeat as necessary. There is nothing more guaranteed to keep you awake than trying to go to sleep. And few things more miserable.
And lying in bed struggling to sleep will condition your brain that the bed is not a place to sleep.
(When do you think I write all these posts?)
Great Note O the Day:
Michael is doing very well and is supposed to be coming home Monday. Thank God.