I meant this post to be solely about sleep and ADHD. After all, what does the virus have to do with ADHD? Well, not much, except we’re impulsive and impatient, and prone to take risks. So, wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 2o seconds, which seems like a long time to impatient us. It’s the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to You twice, or say one Hail Mary or one Our Father, whatever works for you.
Avoid unnecessary risks.
Latest research increasingly shows the importance of sleep for everyone. Quantity and quality. Poor sleep impairs memory and cognition and mood among other things. I haven’t seen recent specific research about sleep and ADHD but since we already have problems in those areas, it seems that sleep would be especially important for us.
Comments, opinions, and personal notes:
Most Americans are sleep deprived, especially adolescents, who have different sleep cycles and sleep needs than adults or children, and should never be required to start school before 9 AM. Sleep deprivation is a significant cause of accidents. We are each unique and have different sleep requirements and different effective strategies for sleep. Most medications used for sleep eventually lead to tolerance. I advise using sleep hygiene principles and ruling out adverse practices before turning to meds. I use melatonin, which has minimal if any side effects, tolerance, or addictive risk; it is “natural.” The book advises 2 -3 mgm of melatonin. That’s rarely been effective for my patients or for me. I usually take 10 mgm an hour before bedtime. I also need to treat my restless leg syndrome and leg jerks, which are common with ADHD, and leg cramps, which probably aren’t. Daylight savings time stinks and the changes cause many problems, which are unnecessary.
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