Why drinking coffee can give you jet lag – and help you get over it

Why Drinking Coffee Can Give You Jet Lag – and Help You Get Over It
Published by The Guardian

Many people with ADHD have trouble getting to bed on time. This can happen for a variety of reasons including difficulty disengaging from something enjoyable (video games, “binge watching” TV shows and movies, reading, etc.), a lack of awareness of the passage of time, a coexisting condition such as “Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder,” to name a few. But people will often self-medicate with caffeine, compounding the above problems.

While it’s obvious that caffeine before bed isn’t a good idea, a recent study helps us understand exactly why that is. The article explains, “Caffeine resets the clock by delaying a rise in the level of melatonin, the body’s chief sleep hormone. Fluctuating levels of melatonin help determine the natural time to go to sleep and wake up.”

In addition to issues like oversleeping the next day or getting inadequate sleep, “Disruption of the body clock, for instance by working shifts or jet lag, is known to increase the risk of various cancers, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.”

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How do I deal with seasonal affective disorder?

“How do I … deal with seasonal affective disorder?”
By Phil Maynard
From TheGuardian.com

Given the upcoming end of daylight savings time this Sunday in the United States, I thought this article would be useful and timely. The article mentions a few tips for coping and also links to another article (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2005/nov/17/health.lifeandhealth3) that provides a more complete list of treatment options, including CBT.

As with any disorder, the earlier you intervene, the better off you will be. The symptoms can affect your motivation so as they become more severe it becomes progressively more difficult to apply many of the treatment recommendations.

Adults with ADHD also tend to have difficulty maintaining a regular sleep schedule, so when the clock “falls back” Sunday, it’s extra important to use good sleep hygiene to stay on track.

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Fast-Paced Cartoons May Hurt Kids’ Attention, Memory

Fast-Paced Cartoons May Hurt Kids’ Attention, Memory
By Kathleen Doheny
WebMD Health News

From the article:

“The fast-paced shows may have a negative impact, Lillard says, because of the rapid presentation of the events. These engage the senses rather than the brain areas engaged in memory, controlling inhibition, and problem solving, she says.
When a child sees a cartoon character that jumps from one activity to another, much faster than in real life, she says, ‘they become neurologically exhausted and it inhibits the ability to concentrate.'”

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All in the ADHD family: Diagnosis in kids can spotlight parents’ own condition

“All in the ADHD family: Diagnosis in Kids can Spotlight Parents’ own Condition”
NBC News, Rock Center
11 min, 55 sec

This video profiles two people who were not diagnosed with ADHD until adulthood. It is not uncommon for someone to first consider that they may have ADHD after one of their children has been diagnosed.
NBC’s Kate Snow also talks to a woman who conducted a study where she examined a cohort of children diagnosed with ADHD and then followed up with them 33 years later.
In addition, she speaks with a researcher about the differences that have been found between ADHD and non-ADHD adults in brain neuroimaging studies.

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Oliver Sacks dies in New York aged 82

RIP Oliver Sacks. “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” is one of my favorite books from graduate school. It brings the complexity and fragility of the way our brains function to life in a fascinating and sometimes unsettling way.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34102119

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