October is ADHD Awareness Month so we’re looking at some of the ways floating could help those with the condition.

Floatation therapy and ADHD

ADHD/ADD stands for Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder and affects around 5% of adults worldwide and around 15% of children. A wide range of symptoms can include increased levels of stress, a lack of focus and creativity and constantly feeling overstimulated. Floatation therapy can be very effective in controlling ADHD symptoms and subduing their side-effects. To really notice a difference in yourself or in someone else suffering with ADHD we recommend at least two floatation sessions each week as this is scientifically proven to give the positive results.

ADHD symptoms

Avoid overstimulation

One of the worst symptoms a sufferer from ADHD/ADD can experience is overstimulation. This is when their senses simply become overloaded and they don’t know how to deal with it. The threshold of tolerance for sufferers is much lower than those who don’t. Floatation therapy is perfect for the avoidance of this because it does the opposite. Instead of overloading the senses, it deprives them. When floating all senses including vision, touch and hearing are shut off. This allows you just to float and avoid any possibility of overstimulation and creates a significant reduction in stress levels.

Avoid overstimulation

One of the worst symptoms a sufferer from ADHD/ADD can experience is overstimulation. This is when their senses simply become overloaded and they don’t know how to deal with it. The threshold of tolerance for sufferers is much lower than those who don’t. Floatation therapy is perfect for the avoidance of this because it does the opposite. Instead of overloading the senses, it deprives them. When floating all senses including vision, touch and hearing are shut off. This allows you just to float and avoid any possibility of overstimulation and creates a significant reduction in stress levels.

“Somehow I can accept myself more the way I am and that […] comes out of this inner calm that I have been having from the floating.” 1

Benefits of magnesium

Combined with the warm water in floatation therapy are Epsom salts. These are rich in magnesium sulphate. One of the chemicals which sufferers of ADHD/HDD are deficient in is magnesium. Studies have found that an increase in the supplementation of magnesium into the blood can help in reducing the amount of hyperactivity experienced. This compound also helps to detox the body and provides an enhanced production of dopamine leaving a feeling of reward as well.

“I feel good and it does not get worse and it just gets better and better… it is hard to explain… but it has helped me so much”. 2

Improved sleep patterns

Sufferers of ADHD/ADD have also been found to experience more problems than most when it comes to sleeping. The main problems they face are consistent restlessness which results in many cases in insomnia. It doesn’t help that those who suffer from the condition are believed to need more sleep than those who don’t so again sleep and rest is a major consideration for ADHD and ADD sufferers. Floatation therapy is proven to help combat problems such as insomnia by tackling an array of the causes of the problem. This includes increased stress levels, high blood pressure, high anxiety levels and much more. It allows the body to relax and naturally prepare itself for a substantial and uninterrupted rest.