12-14-10, 07:38 AM
In daytime, I'm always so distracted. So many news articles, so many possible emails, so much crap. No matter whether I take adderall or not.
In nighttime, though, I can work on my homework VERY efficiently. It's like i have a normal attention span for once. But it's not sustainable to remain nocturnal.
12-14-10, 08:42 AM
I've often found that for short periods I can make a double-sleep pattern work quite well. I sleep for 4 hours during the night (4-8am is common) and then another 4 hours after I've done everything I need to for the day, (often 5-9pm). It wouldn't work for everyone, of course-- you need a pretty flexible schedule-- but it's more do-able than being fully nocturnal and it really helps my productivity. I feel better all around when I'm up and moving during nighttime hours.
From my conversations with doctors and my psychologist, they don't really seem concerned about possible health effects. My psych reminded me of the "siesta" culture in Spain, and from what I've read online it seems that this split pattern of sleeping might have been more common in the days before electricity. However, I've done very little research and wouldn't like to say that it's perfectly fine and healthy. I've just found that it's something that can work for me. :)
Edit: Actually, one of the most important changes I've made in my life since learning I have ADHD is deciding to work WITH what my body is telling me instead of trying to fight it. Sometimes it takes some maneuvering to fit it into a normal day-to-day life, and other times it's not possible at all. I'm happier and more successful when I do what my body wants me to do, though.
12-14-10, 11:02 PM
I can't focus during day nor during night but I don't know if this will sound crazy, I like being awake at night. Everything seems so calm, everyone's sleeping. I just feel calm and then I can do what I want without anything distracting me.