The importance of sleep for ADHD

Many adults and children with ADHD have sleep difficulties. The most common problems include:

Trouble getting to sleep at night, often because racing thoughts are keeping you up.

Unrefreshing, restless sleep. You or your child toss and turn throughout the night and wake up feeling tired.

Difficulty waking up in the morning. Waking up is a daily struggle. You or your child may sleep through multiple alarms and feel groggy and irritable for hours after getting up.

In combination with appropriate treatment, regular good of quality sleep can lead to vast improvement in the management  of ADHD symptoms.

Getting better sleep

Tips for children and adults with ADHD

  1. Have a set bedtime and stick to it
  2. Avoid caffeine later in the day
  3. Implement a quiet hour or two before bed
  4. Limit daytime napping, especially late in the day
  5. Use the bed only for sleep – leave your laptop or mobile away from your bed
  

Updated: 28 June 2014 by AFTA Staff