progranulindefect wrote:my daughter said adderall/vyvanse really motivates her to do whatever is on her mind to do. nowadays it bothers me that to her taking a shower is a lot of work and she needs adderall to take a shower and put her make up on. she often doesn't take adderall, but the amount she takes seems to make her motivation worse (she didn't used to have problems with taking a shower). but the genie is out of the bottle and she is 18. she says on the stimulants things aren't as funny and her personality isn't at crazy (the way she likes it). but she does see benefits. if i start having close calls in my car due to being distracted and not being about to focus quickly, i will definitely try to get adderall prescribed for me. i'm not there yet, but i almost was. i know my deficits now- like if someone is about to cross the street, i will focus on that potential danger and be mind-blinded to the fact that someone is about to go thru that intersection and i might hit them. i drive safely now, but i have to concentrate more than i used to.
i found something that helps me sleep, but i don't want to try it out with my daughter or really even recommend it to others until i go like a year on it. it's only been a week, but it's been a great week in terms of energy and mood- but my short term memory is still bad- no improvement there. i'm hopeful, though. good luck to you, arctic wolf.
Stavia wrote:Mebbe your concentration issues will improve as your diet slowly tightens up!
GeorgeN wrote:On sleep, I recently started immersing my face in cold water to create a "mammalian diving reflex" on the vagus nerve prior to bed. See this and this. I've found that pushing my face in very fast works better than slowly putting it in. I've yet to get a snorkel to extend my face time in the cold water, but that is next.
Stavia told me she sits in a hot tub to get very warm and then cools off. That it is the temperature change.
SusanJ wrote:Wolfie, I collated many talks from the AHS into "eat food as close to it's original form as possible." So, wheat, well, we don't typically eat it unless it's milled and processed into something else.
So, I agree with Stavia, start with the Med diet, then maybe take out wheat and see how it goes. Tinker as needed. You can search for Paleo Mediterranean recipes (just watch for any that do high saturated fat).
It's doable, just start with small steps. The diet you settle on has to work for you over the long haul!
Ruth wrote:Wolf, for improving sleep if you aren't already using one may I recommend an eye mask or eye pillow, and perhaps trying different kinds Goldilocks-style. When I temporarily misplaced my eye mask a few months ago, I fell back to using a nice little eye pillow with a small amount of dried lavender in it that I had bought in the last century and was using as a drawer sachet, and for some reason I find the very slight weight of the little flannel pillow with a non-irritating faint whiff of lavender just extra relaxing in some hard to define way... It seems to help me "let go" of anxious thoughts, etc. at night easier and drift off into dreamland.
progranulindefect wrote:i've tried 3 different eye masks. the best thing i have found is a regular, terry-cloth sweat band for the head that i put over my eyes. the other eye masks have padding that presses down on my eye ball uncomfortably when i turn on my side. black out curtains (sometimes you need a double layer) and blocking out all LED lights is also important for people like me who are very sensitive to light.
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