Practicing meditation can cause a 30% reduction in ADD symptoms.
Denver, Colorado (PRWEB) April 04, 2014
“Across 10 countries, it was projected that ADHD was associated with 134.8 million lost days of productivity each year. Most of this loss can be attributed to ADHD and not co-occurring conditions.” CDC
Chris Miller was diagnosed with ADD and told to take prescription medicines. “I believe that most people who have been diagnosed with ADD are just incredibly creative and need healthy outlets to channel that energy.”
Chris has always had a tough time being still. “Being quiet has always been difficult for me, and I thought meditation was hocus pocus.”
“Once I learned to sit and breathe for ten minutes a day my life began to change for the better.” David Rabiner, Director of Undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, conducted a study on meditation and its effect on ADD.
Seventy-eight percent of participants reported a reduction in total ADHD symptoms, with 30% reporting at least a 30% symptom reduction (a 30% reduction in symptoms is often used to identify clinically significant improvement in ADHD medication trials). Because the majority of participants were receiving medication treatment, for many these declines represent improvement above and beyond what benefits were already being provided by medication. Source
Chris has always been driven and would often skip sleep to get ahead. "Little did I know that missing sleep was not only making me unproductive it was making my ADD worse." Dr. Thakkar, of Psychology today, points out, “many of the symptoms of A.D.H.D. are very often similar to symptoms of insufficient and disordered sleep and distinguishing between the two is difficult.” Source
When asked how he cracked the code, Chris pointed to sleep cycling. "Creating a sleep cycle, that I am fanatical about, has made all the difference."
According to the National Sleep Foundation, Circadian disruptions such as jet lag put us in conflict with our natural sleep patterns, since the shift in time and light cues on the brain forces the body to alter its normal pattern to adjust. When your sleep pattern is disrupted and you miss sleep, your entire body will suffer.
3. Spend more time outside playing. A study published in the August 2008 Journal of Attention Disorders finds that for children with ADHD, a 20-minute walk in a park may improve the ability to concentrate. The study was conducted at the University of Illinois by child environment and behavior researchers Andrea Faber Taylor and Frances E. Kuo. “From our previous research, we knew there might be a link between spending time in nature and reduced ADHD symptoms,” says Faber Taylor.
Creating the routine of scheduling out door time has resulted in Chris being able to play more often. " I literally schedule times to be outside playing and it is just as important as any business meeting."
4. Feed your brain.
Many people turn to harmful prescription stimulants when faced with an ADD diagnosis. Prescription Stimulants can be addictive and miss used. According to a survey of 334 ADHD-diagnosed college students taking prescription stimulants, 25% misused their own prescription medications to get “high.” Source
Nootropics are a great way to enhance your brain function naturally. According to Dr. Ward Dean, MD, “ research indicates that cognitive enhancement formulas, like nootropics, are among the safest compounds in the world when compared to commonly used substances such as coffee and asprin.” Nootropics have been proven to have short term and long term benefits on the brain. Source
Nootropics create enhanced focus, memory, concentration and deliver nutrients to the brain that allow users to maximize brain function. There are many great companies today making nootropics and when combined with the above tips may dramatically help improve combat ADD symptoms.
Chris takes nootropics daily. “Nootropics helped me get focused, off prescription medication and I take them everyday.”
“My hope is that anyone struggling with ADD will do the research on these compounds and consider them as part of a daily routine."