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Attention Or Sleep, Problems with Sleep related to ADHD

Posted in health, ADHD, Attention, Sleep, Insomnia by biofeedbackresources on December 16th, 2015

You wouldn’t want to have to make that choice for children.  Many children diagnosed with ADHD are prescribed medications to help with the symptoms.  Some popular medications in use are Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall.  These medications are helping some people.  The drug companies themselves are listing sleep problems as a possible side effect.

According to a November 23, 2015 online article in Pediatrics, research analysis led by Katherine Kidwell of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln found that children given stimulants tended to have sleep problems more often.  One of the studies compared the sleep of children given methylphenidate (generic Ritalin) with children given a placebo.  The children who took the generic Ritalin slept an average of 20 minutes less per night.  They also found that taking a stimulant medication more often during the day caused a child to take longer to fall asleep at night.

Dr. Trevor Resnick, who is chief of pediatric neurology at Nicklaus Children’s  Hospital in Miami says that it is extremely important  that all children get a good night’s sleep for healthy brain development.  It is his belief that only a small percentage of children will develop problems related to ADHD medications though. 

I believe based on experience and reading that many attention problems may be due to poor sleep.  If the brain is tired it is not going to work as efficiently.  It is harder to learn, focus, and pay attention when you are sleep deprived.  Some problems are due to children not getting enough sleep.  This can be caused by going to bed too late.  As Dr. Michael Thompson of the ADD Centre in Toronto Canada says, another problem is that before many kids go to bed they are watching stimulating TV programs and playing stimulating video games.  When they finally do go to bed their brains are still too stimulated for quality sleep for some time.  Most children also have to wake up very early to get to school on time.  That doesn’t help things either.  Now this research review is showing that the medications intended to improve attention and hyperactivity symptoms may cause sleep problems in some of the children they are intended to help.   

Many parents are now seeking alternatives methods of helping their children with ADHD symptoms.  Neurofeedback therapy is one option.   Neurofeedback uses EEG biofeedback instruments that measure and feedback the electrical signals from the brain.  The information is fed back in a way that helps a person learn how to regulate their brain activity.  Some of the brainwaves are slower like the ones that are present more during sleep.  Others are faster like the ones present more while solving a math problem.  The power of these waves are sometimes out of balance in people with ADHD.  Neurofeedback can help a person learn how to rebalance these brainwaves.  This can lead to improvement in symptoms.

For listings of certified neurofeedback providers visit www.bcia.org and click on the consumers tab and select find a practitioner.   If you are interested in becoming a provider you can visit our website and start by taking a free online introduction to neurofeedback course here: http://biofeedbackinternational.com/free.htm

 

Harry L. Campbell

President, Biofeedback Resources International

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Author of the book “What Stress Can Do”

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Stressed Out Students SOS

Posted in News, NetCasts, stress, health, stress management by biofeedbackresources on July 22nd, 2015

College students are stressed out.  Listen to this message about why and what is being done about it.

S.O.S.

Stressed Out Students

 

Before young people join us in the adult work and family responsibility world they are already experiencing the effects of stress from the academic world.  College life is not a full time party for all students.  There is a lot of pressure to study, hand in assignments on time, and perform well on exams.  Students and or their parents usually have a huge financial investment which is at risk if they don’t do well.  Most also have the stress of looking forward to graduating with a large amount of student loan debt.  They are also already worrying about the challenge of competing with the masses to find a job after graduation.

According to a May 27, 2015 New York Times article anxiety is the most common mental health problem of college students.  A study by the Center for Collegiate Mental Health at Penn State revealed that more than half of 100,000 students indicate that anxiety is a health concern for them.  A survey by the American College Health Association showed that more than 16 percent of college students have been diagnosed with or treated for anxiety within the last year.  These are numbers of people who actually seek help.  Usually with mental health issues including anxiety many people do not seek help.  Considering this, the problem is even greater. 

 

Many colleges and universities have counseling centers to help students with problems like anxiety and depression.  Some of them are beginning to reach or surpass their capacity. 

 

Counseling centers offer individual and group therapy, mindfulness training, stress kits including things like stress balls that you squeeze as a way to relieve stress, and pet therapy.  Some also offer biofeedback which uses technology to measure things like muscle tension, heart rate, breathing, sweat, and brainwave activity.  Biofeedback shows a person the levels of these signals so that they can become more aware of the changes and learn how to regulate them by the power of their own mind.  This gives them a sense of control which is key in reducing anxiety.  If you feel that you have no control in a situation you feel more anxious.  When you feel like you have some control in a situation it helps to reduce anxiety.   Students need to have stress management assistance made available to them to help them to maintain or regain their mental health as well as perform at their best in their studies. 

For a free stress card and other free information on stress management text STRESS to 55469

Harry L. Campbell

President, Biofeedback Resources International

www.biofeedbackinternational.com

Author of the book “What Stress Can Do”

www.createspace.com/3839220

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