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ADHD And Sleep

Turn on the TV, it's time for bed ...
Turn on the TV, it’s time for bed …

ADHD is such a varied thing. There’s a grab bag of symptoms and you don’t always get the whole bag. Sometimes things that are supposed to be symptoms are so not for you that they make you wonder whether the doc was right.

I know at least two people with ADHD who are totally uncluttered and organized at their desks and in their homes. I just can’t believe, looking at their spaces, that they have ADHD. But then they speak, and trust me, they have it.

What’s my thing?

Sleep issues often accompany ADHD. And one of those issues is being unable to fall asleep because you’re too busy watching the race. What race? The one that all your thoughts are having.

I’ve experienced that, but,

That’s happened to me, if only very rarely. The truth is, that when I go to bed, I usually toss and turn for as much as 15 to 20 seconds and then I’m gone to slumber land.

Some people make the mistake of watching TV or using their computer right up to bedtime. Some folks take their phone to bed with them.

Studies suggest that light from CRTs and LCDs may trigger brain chemistry that is not conducive to sleeping.

I, on the other hand, often set the TV in my bedroom to play for an hour when I go to bed. What do I turn it to? What do I watch? I don’t know, it just plays, I usually don’t see any of it. I told you, I sleep.

What’s my secret?

I don’t have any secrets. One thing I can tell you that I do before going to bed, I drink a cup of coffee. Actually, I may have two or three after supper. I think it stimulates dopamine and makes my mind focus. That may be what stops the racing thoughts, eh?

No troubles? Really?

No, I can’t say I have no troubles. If I head to bed at ten at night, I often don’t make it there until midnight or later. There’s always one more thing I think I should do, in case I forget in the morning.

And yes, I’ve found myself in the middle of some big task and suddenly remembered that I had been on my way to bed an hour earlier.

So that’s my deviation from the norm of ADHD. Remember, don’t hate me because I can go to sleep easily, love me because I forget to lock the door, start the dish washer, take out the trash, set the alarm. I do all the things that someone with ADHD normal does. Well, almost all of them.

ADHD And Sleep

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

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Babcock, K. (2015). ADHD And Sleep. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 27, 2020, from


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