ADHD affects many areas of our lives - from the attention required for school and the workplace to the emotional regulation needed to feel calm and centered. However, did you know ADHD can also affect your sleep?
WebMD's recent article, ADHD and Sleep Problems, discusses this topic. WebMD reviewed several different studies and shared some possible causes and tips that may help.
One study discovered that 67% of people with ADHD found it hard to get a good night’s sleep. The difficulties with sleep included both falling to sleep and staying asleep. Scientists are continuing to study this link to find out exactly why this happens.
Here are some ways that ADHD can cause sleeplessness:
- Trouble keeping a schedule
- Hyperfocus on projects/tasks
- Difficulty quieting or shutting off their mind
- Stimulant medication
- Too much caffeine
In addition to the causes of sleeplessness, sleep disorders such as; circadian-rhythm sleep disorder, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome often coexist with ADHD.
Here are some tips from WebMD for ADHD individuals who are struggling with sleeplessness:
- Avoid napping 4 hours before bedtime
- Avoid drinking caffeine 4 hours before bedtime
- Have a calming bedtime routine
- Go to bed at the same time every day
- Sleep in a comfortable bed in a dark and quiet room
- Avoid looking at screens and electronic media in the evening
Play Attention can help you improve the executive functioning and self-regulation you need in order to improve your sleep.
Our attention specialist can develop a customized plan that will help you:
- Improve your focus/attention
- Learn how to be mindful - Calm that racing mind and be in the moment
- Improve your ability to transitions from one task to another
- Improve organizational skills
- Improve your ability to follow a schedule
- Improve emotional control
- Decrease impulsive behaviors
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