Perchance To Sleep? Overcoming ADHD Sleeplessness

No matter what I do — sleeping in a dark, cool room, unplugging from electronics an hour before turning in — I still spend most nights in total sleeplessness, usually due to my racing ADHD brain. What more can I do?
The Experts | posted by Sandy Newmark, M.D.
Dr. Sandy Newmark

I’m glad you are improving your sleep hygiene. I would also try learning a relaxation technique. This could be as simple as breathing, taught in many venues. Dr. Andrew Weil’s website has a good example: drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html.

I would also look into yoga or mindfulness-based stress reduction. Self-hypnosis is an excellent tool for putting you in the right frame of mind for sleep. You can either work with a practitioner or listen to an audiotape.

Melatonin works in bringing on sleep, as do other natural treatments like 5-HTP and valerian. Talk with your doctor about possibly using these supplements.

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