Insomnia and ADHD

by on April 30th, 2010 at 7:00 am

The Effects of Not Getting Enough Sleep – and How to Remedy It!

The amount of sleep required for a good night’s rest is 8 hours, and the fact that human beings need sleep is a universal truth. When we don’t get enough sleep, our bodies tend to not function properly. For someone with ADHD it’s even more important to get enough rest, as not getting enough rest can actually make the symptoms of ADHD like disorganization, procrastination, impulsivity and irritability worse.

Some ADHDer’s say their minds are constantly “spinning”, causing ADHD sufferers to have a hard time winding down at the end of the day. This can lead into issues when falling asleep and even staying asleep.

Here are a few dos and don’ts to help with routines, falling asleep, staying asleep and waking up refreshed:

Do’s

  • Do drink a cup of chamomile tea before bed- chamomile is a natural tension reliever
  • Do take a warm bath to relax and release stress- try adding some lavender bath oil for a calming sensation
  • Do exercise more
  • Do wear socks to bed- even if you have to take them off in the middle of the night, poor circulation can cause feet to get cold and you can get uncomfortable
  • Do keep your bedroom temperature no warmer than 70 degrees
  • Do keep a journal- write about your day that has passed or what needs to be the following day to help clear your mind
  • Do listen to relaxing music or sounds, like waves crashing, waterfalls, or classical music
  • Do make your bedroom as dark as possible
  • Do keep a set schedule as to what time you should be in bed and stick to it
  • Do try waking up to relaxing music to help you awaken naturally and refreshed
  • Do try herbal tea with passion flower to combat the effects of insomnia and adding vitamin B6 into your diet

Don’t

  • Don’t do your homework, finances, or heavy thinking projects before bed
  • Don’t think about the past; sometimes this can lead to emotional turmoil
  • Don’t watch horror or mystery shows before bedtime
  • Don’t start a fight with a significant other before bed
  • Don’t drink caffeinated drinks
  • Don’t eat anything spicy

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.

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

BrightSparkis a homeopathic remedy that relieves hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness in children with attention problems.

One Response to “Insomnia and ADHD”

  1. piggy

    May 4th, 2012

    the main reason for my ADHD related insomnia is that i can’t lay still, and the the literally constant tossing and turning makes it impossible to relax. however, i find caffeine helps a lot with that. on nights when i have pepsi or mountain dew before bed, sleeping is a lot easier.

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