Not Getting Enough Rest with ADHD?

by on August 31st, 2010 at 7:00 am

Many individuals with ADHD report feeling tired on a regular basis. Whether it’s due to not being able to fall asleep to waking up at different times during the night, there are some ways to ensure sound sleep for ADHD sufferers.

Too much stimulation before trying to fall asleep can make anyone feel restless, but if you have ADHD, succumbing to late night T.V., computer, radio, alcohol, or caffeine will most definitely result in a sleepless night. Although eliminating external stimuli can help you fall asleep faster, these effects are not really the only problem.

Most ADHDer’s feel as if his or her mind is reeling from the day, whether it’s because of work, kids, money, relationships, etc.— these are all things that can affect a good night’s sleep. Although these issues can also affect someone without ADHD, their effects on a sufferer can be even more detrimental to healthy sleep habits.

After taking away the external stimuli, then you must work on the internal stimuli. Slowing down the brain is no easy task, especially if you have ADHD. One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to make a bedtime schedule. Pick a time every night during the week that you are going to be in bed and stick by it! It may be a good idea to practice a routine before bed as well. This could be as simple as packing a lunch for yourself or the kids, or brushing your teeth and washing your face— all of which can help “remind” your brain that sleep is approaching.

Relaxing the brain is of great importance and this can be done in a number of ways. Taking a long hot bath can help to soothe a tired body, which helps relax a restless mind. If you want to add some extra umph to your bath time, try lavender. You can add lavender bubble bath, use lavender soap or add salts to help ease the mind. Drinking a cup of chamomile tea is also of great benefit. In addition, chamomile is very helpful if you put it into your bath. You can do this by placing the tea bag in your running water; it’s soothing to the skin, and the smell will help settle a jittery mind. Lastly, try deep breathing before bed; deep breaths inherently calm the mind and relax the body.

In conclusion, make sure your sleep environment is up-to-par. Your bedroom should be cool, dark, and comfortable. Make sure you have a good pillow, and your mattress is in optimal condition. Getting a good night’s rest is important for everyone, but if you have ADHD and not getting inadequate rest, you could be unintentionally aiding in neglecting your daily duties and aggravating symptoms, which may already be taking a toll on you.

Sleep Tonicis a homeopathic remedy that reduces sleeplessness associated with insomnia, and increases drowsiness for better sleep.

Research shows that both ADD and ADHD are considered the same condition. Although the term ADD is still used by the public to identify a subset of ADHD, ADHD is the proper medical terminology for people with attention disorders whether they display signs of hyperactivity or not. In our posts when we use the term ADHD, we are also referring to ADD and vice versa.

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