3 Surefire Strategies that Don’t Work for ADHD

Here's an excerpt from another great piece by Margarita Tartakovsky at PsychCentral, citing my belief that staying up late to get things done is counter-productive:

"Ineffective strategy: Staying up late to get work done.

It’s very common for people with ADHD to stay up late. “[P]rocrastination can lead ADHD-ers to wait until the last minute and then complete projects, study for exams or pack for travel overnight,” said Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and clinical instructor in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Also, “many ADHD adults are night owls and naturally stay awake late at night,” said Dana Rayburn, a certified ADHD coach who leads private and group ADHD coaching programs. It’s easier to focus when there are fewer distractions and everyone has gone to sleep, she said.

However, “sleep deprivation exacerbates all your ADHD tendencies,” said Beth Main, a certified ADHD coach who helps individuals with ADHD develop the skills, systems and strategies they need to overcome their challenges and achieve success.

It hampers concentration and executive functions, such as organizing, decision-making, attention to detail and planning, Main said. You’ll likely miss things that are right in front of you, and make errors in your work, she said. Sleep deprivation also compromises your immune system, Olivardia added.

Adults with ADHD are prone to sleep problems and sleep disorders, he said. So it’s important to take your sleep seriously, and protect it."

Read the full article at http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/08/02/3-surefire-strategies-that-dont-work-for-adhd/.