SleepBoyThe most stressful part of any day in human life is the time from waking up until getting to work or school. For an ADHD life, multiply that at least five.

To counteract this in my own life and many of my clients, I worked out a system that has helped enormously.

What you do the night before is to place a short-acting Methylphenidate next to your bed and set you alarm to go off 30 minutes before your scheduled wake up time.

So if you were going to rise at 6:00am, then you set the alarm for 5:30am, take the tablet and go straight back to sleep.

The second alarm then goes at 6:00am as usual, and you get up with the medication kicked in, and are able to cope with the stress much better.

This does not mean that you don’t do other things to ensure less stress in the morning; making sure your clothes are ready to put on, books are packed, and breakfast is waiting to be made and eaten.

I am pleased to see that a new version of Methylphenidate called Jornay PM™ - The PM indicatesthat this medication can only be taken at night, it should not be taken in the morning.

This will provide coverage for that stressful period of getting to a point in the morning without that debilitating stress.


Know The Jargon - ADHD Acronyms

ADDer - a person who has ADHD or ADD

ADHD - Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

ADD - Attention Deficit Disorder

SCT - Sluggish Cognitive Tempo - a new name for ADD

ODD - Oppositional Defiance Disorder

CD - Conduct Disorder

OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Bi-polar - Bi-polar Disorder, used to be Manic-Depression 

SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder

PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder

ACT -  Action Consequence Trigger - monitoring forms devised and supplied by Living ADDventure®