I have had both ADHD & Narcolepsy as a child for over 50 years. Didn’t really know what it was back then but used to brag I could fall asleep within 5 minutes or sleep while standing up. It helped me a lot in college by sleeping for 20 minutes in between classes…. Used to be stressed out a few times while becoming sleepy and driving. Added caffeine to drinks pulled over for 15 minutes and went back to drive towards my destination. My main thing was to keep focused on what my topic was in detail and make it interesting. I usually sleep 4 -5 hours a night and wake up refreshed and maybe one day a week 10 – 12 hours. I listen to my body and let it determine what i need and not the Doctors which are reading a text book which has NOTHING to do with you and your situation!
In addition, I try to focus on my work/study whatever it may be in detail as much as possible when I am doing it! That way I have very little distractions. My wife tells me it is hard to believe I have been successful after all these years. I never really gave it much thought!
I use very little medication only on days with extreme stress! When I was in 5th grade, I went to a special school which helped me read and increased my comprehension as my learning disability was strong. My grades went from C/D to A’s in 6 months. They gave me confidence and reading skills.
Years later have become a successful businessman with several advanced degrees. I never gave my handicaps much thought or credence as labeling them gives one an excuse not to do something in your life. If you have a desire to do something, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!