The benefits of sleep for our mental health are powerful.
ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) is a disorder where sufferers show symptoms of low attention spans, hyperactivity and impulsivity. Often this leads to sleep problems including insomnia, poor sleep quality and a later bedtime.
Here are 9 ways to help get better sleep when you have ADHD:
- Stop all screen time 1-2 hours before bed.
- Avoid any mentally or physically stimulating activies in the evenings before bed.
- Ensure you have a cool and dark bedroom. The use of a sleep mask can be very effective for 100% blackout.
- Avoid any sugar, caffeine or alcohol a good few hours before going to bed.
- Make your bedroom a comfortable, quiet refuge that immediately reduces any stress and makes you feel very relaxed.
- Ensure you exercise during the day to tire yourself out and also for general good healthy maintainance.
- Get some daily sunlight exposure.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, including the weekends.
- Cut off sugar, caffeine, and alcohol intake within a few hours before bedtime.
These healthy habits are very effective at calming the mind and body, making sleep more effortless. Try incorporating them gradually into your routine and they will soon become second nature.