Feelings of Exhaustion & Fatigue

Sometimes, it may seem to some that those with ADHD may have an unlimited amount of energy. Due to the wide range of symptoms, it may be easy for some to come to this conclusion. 

However this is not the case. One symptom of ADHD that isn’t discussed as much is exhaustion and fatigue. 

The Thing Is …

When people think of ADHD, they may think of hyperactivity, inattentiveness, or being fidgety, for instance. It can be easy to think that those with ADHD may have a fair amount of energy.

However, this is not the case. For many, ADHD can take its toll on those with the condition. It can fairly easily let ADHDers to feel exhausted and fatigued. There is a lot going within us, constantly going, and it is draining. We may feel like our batteries are often draining.

It may not always be obvious to others that ADHD may lead to exhaustion and fatigue. But many with ADHD mention this feeling.

Why ADHD Can Lead to Fatigue & Exhaustion

There are a number of reasons that ADHD may and often can lead to fatigue and exhaustion.

1. Sleep Struggles

Many ADHDers have difficult with sleep. Problems falling asleep and getting a good night sleep are a common issue for those with ADHD. Not getting a good night sleep certainly doesn’t help anyone.

2. Hyperactivity

As much as someone with the hyperactivity type may seem full of life and energy, it can be exhausting. They may seem to always be doing something and on the go, but it is not always their intention. It’s tiring when you’re always doing something, whether it’s intentional or not.

3. Sensory Overload

Some people with ADHD are overwhelmed by too much sensory information. Although sensory overload can affect anyone, ADHD can make those with the condition more vulnerable to it, due to how their brain is wired. The sensory overload is magnified in the ADHD brain.

4. Other conditions

It is not uncommon for someone with ADHD to be diagnosed with another condition, such as anxiety and depression. In some cases, these conditions can add to the feeling of exhaustion and fatigue. At times, exhaustion and fatigue isn’t entirely ADHD’s fault.

Things That Can Help

Although there are some things we can control, there are some things that we can do to help when we’re feeling exhausted and tired.

1. Finding a sleep routine.

Creating a sleep routine can be helpful to get a better night sleep and feel more rested in the morning. Find ways to help you relax. Work on going to bed earlier. Turn off devices earlier. Read a paperback. Maybe do some meditation. It may take some time, but try things and find what works for you.

2. Mindfulness & meditation.

Now here me out. I know that this can be challenging for those with ADHD. However, practicing mindfulness and meditation can help us relax and calm the chaos in our heads a bit.

3. Therapy.

Getting professional help and going to therapy can help us understand our diagnosis and manage our symptoms. Sometimes, talking with a therapist is helpful.

4. Exercise.

There are a lot of benefits to exercising. It can certainly help burn off some energy and will release some endorphins in your brain, which helps you focus. So, for those struggling with sleep, this is a good reason to consider working on getting more exercise.

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