If he was alive today, I’m sure Ben would have included women in his quote. His point, however, was as true then as it is now. But sleep is boring, right? I mean, even talking about sleep is a snooze. We’re supposed to spend a third of our lives in dreamland, which adds up to about 4 months per year. What does this prolonged unconsciousness do for us? Although it seems like a waste of time and productivity, even the most energetic souls among us must succumb to slumber to avoid fatigue, psychosis and ultimately, death.
First, a disclaimer: I’m a psychiatrist, not a nutritionist. I have a pretty good idea of what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t, but my purpose here is not to get specific about food. Rather, it is to give simple, practical advice for those who wish to maximize their ability to concentrate consistently throughout the day.
In my last blog entry, I described a way of thinking about ADHD. If you consider the various brain regions as a team of players, each having its own position and function, then the prefrontal cortex (PFC) would be the coach, coordinating the team and making sure the plays were executed properly. In people with ADHD, the coach falls asleep when things are not interesting or exciting.