ADHD & Sleep

Every human being on this planet needs sleep at some point in the day. It’s something that we need in order to function throughout the day.

However, some people have problems when it comes to sleep. And it’s not uncommon for ADHDers to have some issues with sleep.

ADHD & Problems with Sleep

Sleep disorders are a common coexisting condition among those with ADHD. Researchers aren’t sure why sleep disorders may be common among ADHDers. However, researchers believe that it is because ADHD symptoms make it difficult.

ADHD can create problems with falling asleep, staying asleep, waking up, and having some intrusive sleep.

Common Sleep Disorders

First off, sleep disorders are conditions that interfere with being able to get a good night’s sleep, on a regular basis.  

Some sleep disorders are common among those with ADHD. Here are some that are common for ADHDers.

  • Insomnia. Insomnia makes it difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or make someone wake up too early and unable to fall asleep. 
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder. This is when our internal clocks that tell us when it’s time to sleep and wake are out of sync with our environment. It may cause the person to be more alert at a time when they should be sleeping.
  • Restless Leg Syndrome. This is when someone with this syndrome may feel some tingling sensations in their legs, which makes it difficult to fall asleep. 
  • Sleep Apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes breathing to stop while the person is asleep.

This type of disorders will differ from person to person, depending on the type of ADHD. 

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Ways to Improve our Sleep

There are things that can help improve someone’s sleep. 

Here are some things that can help with this.

  • Avoiding screen time an hour or so before bedtime.
  • Making your bed and bedroom a stress-free zone, meant only for sleep and sex.
  • Getting enough exercise and sunlight during the day
  • Creating a bedtime routine that you enjoy. It could include taking a bath or rereading one of your favourite books

In the end, these are just some things that help with sleep. Not every suggestion will work for everyone. The important thing is to find strategies that work for you. 

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