Tired of Feeling Tired? Hack Your ADHD Sleep Problems

Sleep difficulties? Falling asleep, staying asleep consistently and waking up on time go hand-in-hand with adult ADHD.

The connection between sleep problems and ADHD may be biological — the ADHD brain has trouble regulating neurotransmitters like serotonin, which helps regulate sleep cycles. Other research suggests that stimulant medication used to treat ADHD may be a factor in sleep difficulties.

Whatever the cause, the results are the same, a restless night and groggy morning. A long-term lack of sleep affects your stress levels, frustration tolerance, ability to regulate emotions, focus, concentration and appetite. Without proper rest, you’re more irritable, impatient and less efficient at everything you do!

Sleep information abounds on the web. Information on the connection between sleep and mental health is harder to find. One resource we came across is ‘Tuck Sleep’.

The primary mission of 'Tuck Sleep' is promoting awareness of sleep health.  As part of that, they have researched the connection between sleep and mental health.

They have summarized their findings in patient-friendly, online guides and resources which are available at: www.tuck.com/adhd-and-sleep

Internet Use and Abuse

From an ADHD Awareness Afternoon Talk given by Dr Caroline Stevenson on 20 June 2015

What is the connection between ADHD and technology?

People with ADHD have trouble with boredom, so the internet provides lots of easy options.

  • Technology has provided smart phones, IPads, laptops, games, desktop computers and IWatch.
  • This technology services web browsing and searching, email, chatrooms, forums, social networking (My Space, Facebook), Snapchat (photo exchange), messaging, and Games (World of Warcraft etc). When you combine the many services together, the brain gets lots of stimulation and instant hits of dopamine just by the click of a button.ie. Sending tweets, searching forums and buying on eBay. Thus everything else (school, chores, cleaning, work ) seems boring by contrast.

How do you know if someone has internet addiction?

Open our detailed article here.

The Original Presentation Slides

Here is the original presentation slides from Dr Caroline Stevenson on Internet Use and Abuse (xps format)

Organise Your Life

 

At our recent ‘Awareness Afternoon’, Angela Hunter from Organise for Life (www.organiseforlife.com.au) - an accredited expert in professional organizing - presented an informative talk where she outlined the work she performs in assisting a variety of people to manage their clutter, in order for them to have a more organized and less stressful life.

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