ABOUT ADD & Sleep Struggles
Sunday, July 3, 2011 12 Comments
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Sleeping with ADD
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
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 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!)
Related articles right here on ADDandSoMuchMore.com
(in case you missed them above)
Other Related Articles on ADDandSoMuchMore.com:
- Comorbid or Co-occuring?
- ADD Seldom Rides Alone
- ODD & Oppositional Rising
- Overfocusing: Cognitive Inflexibility and the Cingulate Gyrus
Related Articles ‘Round the ‘Net
- Sleep & ADHD
- Sleep Disorders: Tips for couples (myfox8.com)
- Does Your Child Have a Sleep Disorder? (dadditudes.com)
- Children with Poor Sleep Tend to Do Worse In School (blackchristiannews.com)
- Exercise Doesn’t Provide a Quick Cure For Sleeping Disorders (hngn.com)
- Snoring is a sleep disorder and demands the services of a trained specialist (sleepdisorderanchorage.wordpress.com)
- 5 Steps to Become a Morning Person (zegit.com)
- Sleep disorders pysch (slideshare.net)
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