The Elusiveness Of Sleep & Making Peace With Letting Go - 011May 29, 2017
Welcome to the eleventh episode of Harness Your ADHD Power, a podcast show I created to explore the many facets of adult life with ADHD and how you can learn to harness your personal ADHD power to become unstoppable.
Today’s episode was inspired by the many conversations I’ve been having lately about sleep and the many challenges that so many of you experience when the day should be wrapping up and it’s time to sleep, but you just can’t sleep for any number of reasons.
I first became interested in sleep years ago due to my own sleep challenges, both as a child and on into adulthood.
Here’s a little aha moment that I’ll share with you in the hopes it helps you. Today ends at 11:59 pm and tomorrow starts at 12:00 am. Anything that I don’t finish by 11:59 pm isn’t getting done today; it’s getting done tomorrow and I may as well go to sleep because I am actually stealing time from tomorrow and it will cause problems for how tomorrow unfolds. I am better off to go to sleep and fit into tomorrow what doesn’t get done by 11:59 pm and call it a day – because it is the day; that’s all there is. Holding the fantasy in my mind that so long as I don’t go to sleep I have “extended” the day and have finished the task in that original day is just not true. So, if that’s you, I suggest you learn from my mistakes and fantasy thinking and correct your perceptions right away. A day is seen as 24 hours and that’s all we get. It is our job to manage ourselves within those 24 hours to the best of our abilities to get the most out of them and then call it a day and get some sleep. There are no “extensions” on the day just because you don’t go to sleep.
Seriously, the quality and quantity of your sleep has a significant impact on your health, well-being and quality of life, and is a major player in other conditions and complexities as well.
In this episode, I’m going to be taking a look at WHY it can be so difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or wake up in the morning and what you can do about it, as well as other sleep-related issues. AND – Knowing is only the first step; the next step is taking action on what you know to get new results and fine tune your process and results as you go along. It is a process, so please don’t let yourself off the hook here with taking action once, not getting the results you hoped for, and stopping there. Keep going!!
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