Eps 7- Sleep Issues and Neurodiversity- Neurodiversity Moment with JoyGenea
It’s time to learn about what better sleep is, and what resources you can use to improve your sleep.
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Hi, I’m JoyGenea, International neurodiversity coach for adults with ADHD and dyslexia. So today we’re talking about sleep issues. Super common amongst the neurodiverse community under-talked about.
So a few things you need to know. 44% of the adults with ADHD struggle with and have sleep issues. What’s considered a sleep issue is problems going to sleep, problems waking up, problems staying asleep consistently for upwards of 7 to 8 hours. I’m not saying everybody that has ADHD needs or requires 8 hours of sleep. What I am saying is that no matter what a healthy viable brain that’s working as hard as a neurodiverse brain is, needs at least four hours of solid, good, regenerative sleep. What specialists say is the neurotypical person typically needs somewhere between 6 to 8 hours of that regenerative time.
And what sleep does for your brain is what’s so important. It allows your brain to cycle down, it allows it to regenerate, it allows cells to rebuild and heal. Sleep is just so critical. So when that’s not happening, when our schedule is all out of whack, when we’re losing sleep consistently, our brain is struggling, and thereby our neural differences can also be a struggle to the ability to fight with anxiety, the ability to balance out math problems, or possibly reading issues. All of that can get compounded when we’re undernourished in our sleep.
So it’s important to explore your sleep, to understand ways to improve it, and it might be simple things. It could be complex things and to invite some people into that conversation, doctors, specialists to possibly help you- that have worked in the neurodiverse community-, to increase your sleep or to find better ways to get the most out of the sleep that you’re able to have. There’s a variety of things that get in the way. It’s time to learn about that so you don’t have to be so stressed.
Thank you for your time.
Thanks for joining me on another neurodiversity education minute.
I’m JoyGenea, Success Life Coach for Adults with Dyslexia