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Sleep and ADHD

by Lynn

Is there any research out there about sleep difficulties and Attention Deficit? I have had sleep issues all my life, but now in my early 40s it is getting worse. A good night is 5 hours. I wake up continually all night, and even though I remember dreams, I feel as if I have not slept at all. I can start dreaming as soon as I fall asleep so I know I am REM sleep deprived. It is as if my brain never totally relaxes.

I have been told by two different GPs that I probably have ADD. It has been like this for a year, with some relief in the darker winter months (makes me wonder if it is related to light). Also last winter, I experimented for 2 months with brain wave entrainment and my sleep did get better, but again during the winter months. Any research about this as well?

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Aug 18, 2013
I have totally same issues.. NEW
by: Murat

Hello, if possible I would like to get in touch with Lynn. I have totally same issues as she has been facing.. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and that's why I am here, but would like to share experiences..
Currently I have been seeing a psychiatrist and on pills for 2 weeks now. But it is not going good so far. Last year and in 2005 I got under sleep analysis(polysomnography). In 2005 got a nose operation as suggested by doctors, but it was no cure as well.

Thanks in advance..

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