ADHD & Sleep Problems

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 Woman No Sleepthat 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...

Do You Get Enough of the "Sunshine Vitamin"? How Vitamin D Helps ADHD

We used to only associate Vitamin D with bone health.  However, we now know that Vitamin D plays a much larger role in our overall health.  Shutterstock 570151708

Vitamin D levels are commonly low in the general population due to the increased use of sunscreen since the 1980s. However, Vitamin D is essential to our mental and physical health. We have receptors in every tissue of the body for this vitamin and we need to maintain optimal levels to function at our best. It can help protect us against many illnesses, flu, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more.  

Now there is evidence to suggest Vitamin D supplements may also reduce ADHD symptoms. A systematic review that was published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology looked at four randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) which included 256 ADHD children. The children that were taking Vitamin D supplements...

ADHD - Friendship Destroyer?

Social skills and building relationships can be a challenge for children and adults with ADHD.  Issues with social skills usually stem from the inability to pay attention to social cues that others take for granted. They also are challenged with impulsivity that leads to a multitude of difficulties, from hurting someone’s feelings unintentionally to acting out in a physical manner.  These challenges can cause turmoil in the school, home, and workplace. Lonely Child

ADDitude magazine discusses how the lack of executive function can have a negative impact on social skills.

How ADHD’s Executive Dysfunctions Impact Behavior

"Certainly there are times when a child seems stubborn or selfish, but neuroscience suggests that it is a lack of skills, specifically the brain-based “executive function” skills, that hold him back — not willfulness or laziness. Executive...

Why am I always late?

Many individuals with ADHD struggle with time management.  Time management issues may arise because you get stuck on a task, lose track of time, or simply get distracted.  An article in PsychCentral provides 5 tips on how to better manage your time if you have ADHD.Late

Natalia van Rikxoort, MSW, ACC, the author of the article discusses that ADHDers experience “time insensitivity” or “time blindness”. This means they struggle with gauging the passage of time which often results in chronic lateness or missed deadlines.  This can lead to underdelivering on personal and professional commitments.

Rikxoort provides the following time management strategies:

  • Make your time visible- you must develop an awareness of time, in general, using clocks, calendars, and timers. Keep clocks in every room including the bathroom to help you be mindful of the time throughout your day...

How teachers can motivate students with ADHD

It's back to school time!  Let's focus on student success.

Play Attention can improve student motivation and success.  We will develop a customized plan for your child/student that will improve attention, self-regulation,Elementary School Classroom Children Students Teacher Helping Girl and executive function.  Your Play Attention plan will guide your child/student to success!  Call 800-788-6786 for your free assessment and consultation.  Or simply click here to schedule a time to chat with a Play Attention advisor.

Rick Lavoire, posted an article in ADDitude Magazine, How to Motivate (Not Demoralize) a Student with ADHD. Lavoire provides tips specifically for teachers to help with motivation. The following list provides teacher strategies that can be used to increase motivation.  These tips are great for students with ADHD but can really be applied to all students:

  • Provide a structured and predictable...

ADHD? Tips for Better Sleep, Diet, & Exercise Routines

The end of summer is near and back-to-school time is here. If your family’s summer consisted of lazy days and sleeping late, it's time to get back to a healthy, structured routine. This can be especially difficult if you or your child have ADHD.

Routines are critical to individuals with ADHD.  Without routines in place, chaos can ensue.  Here are some tips to help you establish routines for good sleep, diet, and exercise habits:Cooking With Dad


  • Meet as a family and develop a school-night routine.
  • Allow for 30-minutes of downtime before lights out.
  • Reading, listening to soft music, or talking about the day are a few ways to help get settled before bedtime.
  • Get daily exercise to release energy and ensure deep sleep.


  • Sign your child up for a school sport, dance class, or martial arts.
  • Schedule a time for exercise (walking, riding a bike, playing outside...