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For adults with ADHD: Please tell us, What time of day are you most productive?
We’ll be using the results in a future post. In the meantime, see how your results compare to your peers!
What time of day are you most productive?
Jennifer Koretsky, SCAC is the Managing Partner of the ADD Management Group, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of ADHDmanagement.com. She is a Senior Certified ADHD Coach, and the author of Odd One Out: The Maverick's Guide to Adult ADD.
From a hormonal perspective, namely cortisol, it’s generally accepted that being a night owl is NOT a good thing (cortisol should peak around 8 AM; our brains/bodies are wired for optimal alertness/productivity early in the day/in this cycle. Interestingly, at the time I’m taking this poll, 0% of respondents report early afternoon as their peak productive period. Makes sense: those in a healthy hormonal balance “peaked” earlier, while those experiencing a skewed cortisol rhythm are either slumping from earlier lows or slowly raising alertness – all groups to peak at a later hour.
Sadly, I’m in the latter category again, in the midst of years of struggle managing this. It is worth mentioning because understanding these health aspects and good management significantly improve my ADHD symptoms.
I agree, Therese. For optimal adrenal function, early to bed and early to rise is ideal. Unfortunately, that’s a lot easier said than done for many of us! I’ve found, though, that the older I get the easier it is for me to be productive during the day.
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