ABOUT ADD & Sleep Struggles

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Sleeping with ADD

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

Another of Martin's wonderful educational drawings, of a man in bed, distracted from sleeping by a stream of light

Did you know that . . .

75% of us here in ADD-land have sleep struggles, if not diagnosable sleep disorders.

That means that those in the fortunate 25% — those of you whose sleep patterns are similar to those of the “vanilla” population — are in the distinct minority!

If you are one of those lucky souls (or parent one), please don’t discount the information you will find in this category as irrelevant. You really want to guard that ability with your life!!

  • The concept of “sleep hygiene” is important for you, too – and you are the community most likely to benefit from it.
  • ADDers who are more “neurotypical” where sleep is concerned are at high risk for sliding into struggle due to our bizzare relationship to time, our tendency to get trapped in hyperfocus, our ready-fire-aim (oops!) brainstyle – and a whole lot more.  
  • In my experience, ADDers are less likely to discount the need for stability in our sleep habits if we understand the rationale behind various flavors of “good advice” — and the extent of the potential consequences if we don’t pay ATTENTION to keeping things on an even keel.

Believe me, I KNOW!

My own struggles with sleep are especially bodacious – click over to Living with JetLag for more about my kind. To introduce the topic, it’s enough to understand that, for most of my life, I have been researching sleep and sleep disorders with a personal vengeance.

Dealing with my own sleep disorder has also given me a unique perspective on time generally, as well as the nature of time on this particular planet.

It has also provided a vantage point from which the tyranny of time is woefully apparent.

I’ve had TONS of time to think about time, since a great many of my waking hours occur in the darktime — that time when stores, services, and other people are largely unavailable.

Some of the ADD & Sleep articles I will post here will be descriptive and informational, and some will explain sleep theory as it relates to the ADD experience; others may be musings on a few things my unique vantage point has given me (or cost me! :-|)

ALL of the content about Sleep Struggles will be found by clicking on Sleep Struggles and ADD (category #4 under “A-Hopefully Helpful” on the lower of the two menubars at the top of the page you are currently reading — the lighter grey bar.)

If you visit often, you may also catch a sleep title among the newer content on the list of links to newest articles on the column to your immediate right.

I have also put together a LinkList of the Articles in the Sleep Series – from which you can click to read any article whose title intrigues you (newest on top, so you can work through the articles in the order they were published if you choose).

As always, if you want notification of new articles in the Sleep Series – or any new posts on this blog – give your email address to the nice form on the top of the skinny column to the right. (You only have to do this once, so if you’ve already asked for notification about a prior series, you’re covered for this one too). STRICT No Spam Policy

IN ANY CASE, stay tuned.
There’s a lot to know, a lot here already, and a lot more to come – in this Series and in others.
Get it here while it’s still free for the taking.

Want to work directly with me? If you’d like some one-on-one (couples or group) coaching help with anything that came up while you were reading this Series, click HERE for Brain-based Coaching with mgh, with a contact form at its end, or click the E-me link on the menubar at the top of every page. Fill out the form, submit, and an email SOS is on its way to me; we’ll schedule a call to talk about what you need. I’ll get back to you ASAP (accent on the “P”ossible!)

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(in case you missed them above)

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

14 Responses to ABOUT ADD & Sleep Struggles

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  3. Marsha says:

    You seem like quite an expert on this topic. I’m sure I have a sleep disorder, ask my hubby to be sure. I’m up a lot at night, but I am awake during the day, too. So go figure. It gets worse as I get older. The good news is that writing is a good activity to engage in when you can’t sleep. Anyway, I dropped by to thank you for visiting my site. Hope you found something helpful there. If so, let me know, and if not, let me know. 🙂 Hope you have a great evening. The night is young. 🙂

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    • Young indeed – lol! The extreme owls among us are just starting to hit our stride – even on the East Coast. 🙂

      As a sleep disorders advocate, I guess I do consider myself somewhat of an expert. Struggling myself for my entire life, I have made it my business to attempt to understand why, and to keep up with sleep research and new developments.

      Below is a LinkList of articles in the Sleep Category you might be interested in perusing the next time you can’t sleep and hit a wall in your writing endeavors. Thanks so much for checking out the blog and saying hello. Maybe we’ll see each other later “tonight.” 🙂
      Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about SLEEP.


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  5. You’re blog is a great resource. 🙂


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    • Hi Kavin – thanks for reading and commenting. Thanks to spammers, only links that directly relate to the post are left live. Posts without real names in the name field are usually auto-spammed, so pay attention to that little detail in the future (reminder in sidebar). I can’t spare the editing time.


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