Sleep Issues and ADHD
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I received an email with a link to the sleep issues article - firstly, on page 3 it says ‘people without ADHD report it being easier to sleep with caffeine’.
I think that is meant to say WITH ADHD? Unless I’m missing something people without it tend to stay awake from coffee as far as I know lol. Anyone else see/agree with that?
Otherwise - that article is ME all over. SO me. And THANK YOU for saying sleep hygiene is INDIVIDUALISTIC - the generic lists often make sleep harder for people with ADHD, I think. Although I’d go a little further and say there are some activities I do in bed that are almost always advised against including in this article, that DO help me get to sleep. Reading or watching TV in low-light, especially (not using the computer though). In regards to the ‘only use the bed/room for sleep/sex’ part. I do like the specification about high-energy negative things like conflict though - that is definitely a bad idea.
My bed has always been my special place, my comfort. So I do a lot more than sleep there. But the insomnia came first, at age 10. As long as it’s relaxing and/or quiet, or ‘happy’ it doesn’t seem to impact my sleep - good or bad. if it’s the above two things, it tends to help me sleep. But yes - fighting or when I’m worked up and really angry - not a good idea. One of the best articles I’ve ever read on sleep issues that I personally have. The statistics really surprised me too.
It’s comforting to know ‘why’ though - and see some new ideas on how to treat it.
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