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    Why can’t I fall asleep even though my mind is all blank?

    As a doctor once told me, the bedroom should be for two things only: sleeping and sex. This strengthens your association between the bedroom and sleep. When it is finally time for bedtime, dark and cool environments are typically the best for most people. And, of course, no screens. “A quiet, dark, and cool environment can help promote sound slumber,” recommends the Division of Sleep at Harvard Medical School. “To achieve such an environment, lower the volume of outside noise with earplugs or a “white noise” appliance.” Then again people with ADHD may get tired easily. Some reasons may be the fatigue of having hyperfocus, the associated sleep problems and the constant effort required to stay focused. “Use heavy curtains, blackout shades, or an eye mask to block light, a powerful cue that tells the brain that it’s time to wake up. Keep the temperature comfortably cool—between 60 and 75°F—and the room well ventilated. And make sure your bedroom is equipped with a comfortable mattress and pillows.” http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/getting/overcoming/tips More

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    Why do I fall asleep when I’m bored?

    According to a 2017 Japenese-Chinese study, the part of the brain associated with motivation and pleasure, the nucleus accumbens, also can produce sleep. Much like we may forgo sleep when engaged in something, the study poses the possibility that the opposite may be true when we are bored. “As humans, we often defy sleepiness and stay awake when attention is necessary, but also experience an inescapable desire to sleep in boring situations,” explain the researchers. “The brain mechanisms governing the regulation of sleep by cognitive and emotional factors are not well understood.” This is an issue definitely being studied by researchers, including this 2015 French study and this 2013 Canadian study. Both echo the difficulty of fully understanding the relationship between ADHD and sleep issues, particularly daytime sleepiness. “The links between attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sleep disorders remain unclear,” explains the French researchers. “ It may thus be difficult for clinicians to differentiate the diagnosis of ADHD comorbid with a sleep disorder from sleep disorders with ADHD-like symptoms. This distinction could be important for the appropriate management of patients with dual complaints of trouble maintaining attention and daytime sleepiness.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23643650 More

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    50% of adults with ADHD also have anxiety disorder.

    Sometimes the fallout from the ADHD is creating the anxiety, while other times the anxiety is happening independent of the ADHD. While stimulant medication can be helpful for treating ADHD, in some cases it may exacerbate anxiety. A common treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. “Anxiety disorders and other comorbid conditions may come about as a result of living with ADHD. Having a comorbid anxiety disorder can make treatment more complicated,” reports the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). More

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