We know that getting enough sleep is important for managing the symptoms of ADHD. A lack of sleep affects our attention, memory, mood, and cognitive processing. This is all necessary for good Executive Functioning.
In fact, a study involving 2,463 children aged 6-15, children with sleep problems were more likely to be inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, and display oppositional behaviors.
If you’ve managed to get into a good sleep routine but still find yourself waking up groggy, it could be because of your sleep position. Sleep experts are now saying that our sleep position can be just as important as the amount of sleep. Sleeping on your side can cause shoulder and hip pain and sleeping on the right-side can exacerbate heartburn. If you do sleep on your side, try sticking to the left and make sure your pillow provides enough support for your head. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst position because it puts pressure on your entire body. You may find yourself waking up with numbness, tingling, and muscle and joint pain. If you must sleep on your stomach, use a flatter pillow to minimize neck pain.Sleep medicine expert and professor, Shelby Harris, shared with Popular Science how the back is the best position for a good night’s rest. You will have the least amount of muscle and joint pain, and less heartburn since your head is elevated above your chest.If sleeping on your back causes snoring and discomfort, it might not be the best solution for you. However, it could be worth your time to consult with a doctor about solutions for snoring, so you can start getting a good night’s rest. This may be especially important if you have ADHD, it’s just not worth the sacrifice and daily struggle.
Our Healthy Lifestyle blog is posted by Hannah. Hannah is our Executive Accounts Manager who has been part of the Play Attention family for over 11 years. She continually strives to make certain our families and professionals develop successful Play Attention programs.