Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Going to bed stresses me out...

...I just posted a little about this on ADDer World, but wanted to write a little more about it here, because I'm betting I'm not the only ADHDer with this problem: I really don't like going to bed.

I generally go to bed because I have to, not because I'm "ready". My brain is just too busy most of the time. I also get very worried about bed-time, because I don't like the idea of having to go lay in the dark in a quiet room, where sleeping is the objective. Plus, if someone is already sleeping in your bed, you can't talk to them. I'm getting anxious just thinking about it while I'm writing! Ack!

Sometimes I will try to sleep on the couch, with the TV on, and trick myself into sleeping, but then I sleep badly on the couch, because of the light in the room, so it's not worth it.

I've thought about a noise machine...to give my brain something else to focus on in my bedroom. But for now, I don't have to worry about it, because the anti-depressant I've been prescribed for migraines (nortriptalyne), seduces me to sleep...ahhhh. It's a bit of a relief. One less thing for my overactive brain to process, and getting a better night's sleep should also help put the migraine issue "to bed" too.


  1. 30-60min fiction podcasts are tiny miracles for me.. just enough to occupy my brain without driving me to stay awake for more (which is the problem with reading, for instance. I'll "just one more chapter" til it starts getting light out :P)

  2. Ditto on hating to go to bed...I see 1 and 2am on the alarm clock more often than most people. Last night, I went to sleep at 130am. I had to get up at 7am to bring the cat into the vets this morning for a teeth-cleaning, and it was like pulling teeth to try to wrench myself OUT of bed, but it's the same way trying to get myself to GO TO BED!!! How do you find getting up in the morning?

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  4. Ha, Sheepy, I used to do that too...I can't even keep my brain still long enough to read anymore though, lol...

    Amy, I have never been a morning person, never, ever, ever. No matter what time I go to bed at night, I cannot drive my brain before 9am. I'm usually very chatty and friendly, but before that hour, if people try to talk to me, they get one word responses "nope" or "yup" or "huh?". I've had people think I'm mad at them because of this and had to explain that no, it's not them, I just can't think in the morning. When I worked with my father, no matter how many times I explained it, he would take it personally...sigh...HE is totally ADHD but he is a MORNING person to the extreme.

    Once I'm ready to be awake, there's NO stopping me...but I'm never ready to be awake before about 9, lol...