Help! My Brain Won’t Shut Off and I Can’t Sleep

Posted: January 23, 2012 in Sleepless in ADHD-Land
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help! My ADHD mind won't shut off! Can't stop thinking!

Hate Sleepy Time?

If you are like me, you dread your bedtime. Laying in bed, mind racing, can’t fall asleep when you know you need the rest.

Additude Magazine provides an article today about tricks and tips to slowing your minds roll. Check it out and let us know what you think:

ADHD Mind Is Keeping Me Up At Night

  1. Laughing-Aquarian says:

    Yes, I know how that is…sometimes I “forget” that I need to sleep or simply dread going to bed.

    Nevertheless, here are three strategies that have reliably helped me over the years:

    1) Don’t go to bed hungry — low blood sugar can be very agitating, keeping you awake.
    So EAT A LITTLE CARBOHYDRATES like toast or fruit before retiring — not enough to fill you up — but only 100 calories or so. It will also increase serotonin levels in your brain, which will allow you relax naturally.

    2) Limit computer (and TV) use at least an hour before needing to retire. You’d be surprised how much INTENSE light a computer screen emits — it is fuel for alertness — and this is VERY EXCITING, especially to an ADD brain.

    This really helps, because it DIRECTS YOUR ATTENTION, rather than allowing your mind to rattle around like a pinball!

    One of my all-time favourites has been “The Anti-Insomnia Meditation” by John Daniels, the 1st track from his 1998 album “Meditation For a Good Night’s Sleep”. It’s 30 minutes long, and for many years, I only heard the first 15 minutes of it. I always carry an Mp3 copy on my cell phone — since I always have my phone with me at night (or if I need to nap or travel) — it’s always available to me.

    You could find it on AMAZON:

    What I like best about this track is how Daniels progressively walks you through the idea that “..there’s no need to worry about how much sleep you’re going to get…so we’re simply going to relax before sleeping”

    For decades — even before I knew that ADD was the problem — this strategy of listening to something which CALMLY DIRECTS MY FOCUS has been highly effective for me.

    I sincerely hope these suggestions help you. Learning to live with ADD/ADHD is like learning a whole new set of rules, different from everything that anyone could have ever taught you. And remember that STRUCTURE and ORDER really are your BEST FRIENDS, and use NOVELTY TO YOUR ADVANTAGE.


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