ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
7
11 months ago

Falling asleep constantly

Hi does anyone struggle with needing naps on most days if you aren’t mentally stimulated? I get overwhelmed I think and completely exhausted physically do to the overwhelm of responsibilities and sleep more than I’d like to. Does anyone relate?

bluebird711 avatar
bluebird711
10mo

I have so many issues with being chronically tired. My therapist pisses me off because she thinks I need less Adderall because she’s worried that I might not sleep enough. I’m like lady I’m in a coma half the time.

psyduck avatar
psyduck
10mo

Yes! It’s called intrusive sleep. When an ADHD brain gets under stimulated It shocks our system into thinking it’s sleep time. It can also happen when over stimulated. It is often mistaken for narcolepsy. It can become dangerous during long drives. There is a whole article about it on ADDitude Magazine. There’s still not a lot of research about it

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

So interesting! I’ve wondered if it was narcolepsy. I do sleep when I’m over and underwhelmed.

homegnome82 avatar
homegnome82
10mo

I crash and end up napping when I’m overstimulated. I literally just shut down and have to nap.

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

So sorry you have this struggle too!

ashbell78 avatar
ashbell78
10mo

Yes exactlyy. It's such a struggle. Sleep is definitely a coping mechanism for me and it can be really detrimental. Falling into that habit will only make you more tired and more overwhelmed with responsibilities. It'll train your brain to release those sleepy chemicals when you get stressed. The thing that I try my hardest to live by is not listening to my brain. It sounds counterintuitive because in order to train your brain you have to ignore it sometimes. But it is true. It's the unproductive cruel side of the brain that overwhelms you and takes over. It's so important to take control of that and talk to yourself more than you listen to yourself. It seems so small but that mindset change will make a huge difference by making it so you don't get overwhelmed as easy. Of course it all takes time and consistency so start little by little like forcing yourself to get out of bed even if you feel like that's the last thing you want to. But don't forget to reward yourself for getting out of bed !! It's so important. Good luck amazing human :))

homegnome82 avatar
homegnome82
10mo

This is me. I shut down when I’m overwhelmed and overstimulated by what all I need to do and end up napping. Then, yes, it became a habit to where I wanted to sleep the same time in the afternoon. It absolutely made things worse because then I just felt guilty for not doing anything.

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

Thanks so much for this, it’s really helpful. I will try! I notice it’s easier and does not happen when I’m out and about with people, especially if my entire day goes well. Things I “need” to do feel so so exhausting !

chilicheeseff avatar
chilicheeseff
10mo

Yes always exhausted. Have you had your thyroid checked?

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

No and I’m sooo afraid of blood tests that I’ve been putting it off for ten years. I’ve had four or five doctors recommend having my thyroid checked out but I’m so afraid it’s going to turn into endless blood tests and doctors appointments..though I know it’s also the only way through. Thank you for bringing this up

CometOfTheNights avatar
CometOfTheNights
10mo

Same here 🙄

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

I feel for you too!🙏🏼

neurospicy1 avatar
neurospicy1
10mo

Oof yes especially if I have a long list of things to do. Decision paralysis sets in and I can’t do anything but just sleep.

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

Seriously, that’s when it hits especially hard.

msp3000 avatar
msp3000
10mo

I sleep only for four hours during the night with almost none of light sleeping. Usually, only deep and rem are divided such that rem is around 60 percent. During the day, I take two power naps of 20-25 minutes. If, for some reason, I get 30+ minutes, I cannot recover from sleep for at least two hours.

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

Sounds like you have it down to a science!

 avatar
10mo

Relate 100% !

ashyvonne avatar
ashyvonne
10mo

Totally wish you didn’t, but at least we’re not in it alone

marli avatar
marli
10mo

Yes very much

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