People with ADHD have great difficulty shutting down their brains at night. Going to sleep can be a real challenge for their busy brains. Given that reality, I was taken aback when a coaching client who has ADHD told me she’d gone to bed at 9:30 a.m. the night before. And, consequently she woke the next day much more rested and ready to face the new day. Her habit had been to stay on the computer until late in the night so she could enjoy time to herself, thereby reducing her sleep time. As we do in coaching I asked what made that possible.
She told me she was listening to what her body needed. She also told me that she’d chosen not to go on the computer as was her habit, and that she’d turned the TV off because she didn’t want to stimulate her brain. It was as if she was speaking a foreign language. Just two weeks before she wasn’t talking with such self-awareness when we discussed her sleep habits. What had made the difference?
With more exploration I learned that she’d read this post online: “The Case Against Busy and the Art of Sitting Still” (http://www.fastcompany.com/3029388/work-smart/the-case-against-busy-and-the-art-of-sitting-still?partner=rss) by Jane Porter. The message in this article resonated with her so much that she consciously changed her nighttime routine.
The message of this article is so compelling that I wanted to share it with you. The author makes a case for the benefits of stillness and unplugging from technology. She advocates stepping out of the “busy” norm to be able to access parts of yourself that go neglected when locked into the tyranny of busyness, much of which is generated by too much incoming through technology.
With awareness of what connectivity is costing you and understanding that participating in it is a choice, perhaps you too can unplug, reduce mental stimulation and get more and better sleep!