ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These symptoms influence how a person performs at work and school and interacts with others. ADHD is a life-time condition and is often discovered by assessment during childhood. Therapeutic work and lifestyle modifications can significantly reduce the interference of symptoms in every day life.
According to the Sleep Foundation, up to 50% of people ADHD experience a sleep problem and sleep less than their neurotypical counterparts. Moreover, University Hospital Southampton reported that 3-6% of children have ADHD in the UK, and out of this population, 75% find it chalelnging to go to sleep at bedtime, wake up in the night or wake up too early in the morning.
For people living with ADHD, getting enough quality sleep can be a persistent problem in their lives. However, symptoms of ADHD can hinder the promise of a deep slumber and make the experience of going to bed each night stressful or anxiety provoking. Many adults with ADHD may have noticed a problem with their sleep from childhood as it is common for children and adolescents with ADHD to get fewer hours of quality sleep and are more susceptible to nightmares.
Sleep problems differ with the type of ADHD a person is living with. For example, those with an inattentive subtype are more likely to go to bed later, while those with a hyperactive subtype may experience more disruptive sleep or even insomnia. Symptoms of ADHD also overlap with those of sleep deprivation (e.g, memory loss, lack of focus, increased anxiety), which can result in an amplified experience of symptom experience.
Routine is helpful for all adults and children, not just for those with ADHD symptoms. Some benefits of a good bedtime routine are:
There are also multiple health and wellbeing benefits to setting up a bedtime routine to ensure high-quality sleep.
Now you know the benefits of a good night’s sleep, let’s move on to setting up your bedtime routine.
It is important to note that achieving a consistent bedtime routine takes commitment and can cause some discomfort to start. However, over time you will see positive changes from implementing a good bedtime routine into your life. Start slowly and add more tips to your routine as you develop confidence.
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