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Maintaining A Healthy Sleep Routine With ADHD

Introduction

Maintaining a healthy sleep schedule for anyone is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, for someone with ADHD, maintaining a healthy sleeping schedule is extremely essential. Think about it; with ADHD, it is easy to become anxious, restless, and frustrated quite easily. Now, imagine if you are tired, as well. You are going to become even more anxious, restless, and frustrated. Therefore, I will provide a list of ways to combat negative sleep patterns in this article, including having a set time for going to sleep and waking up on a daily basis, as well as using an alarm clock to wake up every morning.

Have A Set Time For Going To Sleep And Waking Up Daily

Structure is an integral part of someone’s lifestyle with ADHD. It is quite important for sleep hygiene. With that said, my first piece of advice for someone with ADHD would be to have a set time for going to sleep, as well as a set time for waking up in the morning. This set time for going to sleep and waking up in the morning includes the weekends. It is important to be consistent. If you go to sleep really early during the week but go to sleep really late during the weekend, your sleep schedule will be ruined.  Hence, having a set schedule for going to bed and waking up in the morning is integral to maintain a healthy sleep routine for someone with ADHD.

Use An Alarm Clock To Wake Up In The Morning

Going to bed at a set time is one integral part of maintaining a healthy sleep routine for someone with ADHD. However, waking up at the same time in the morning for someone with ADHD is also as important, if not more important. Hence, to make sure you wake up at the same time every morning I would recommend using an alarm clock. However, there is one important point I would like to mention. Do not hit the snooze button in the morning. Do not touch the snooze button. Your sleep schedule will be off if you hit the snooze button. Therefore, make sure to set your alarm clock for the same time every morning and follow through with it. Therefore, your sleep routine will be balanced and enable you to maintain a healthy sleep routine.

Conclusion

Sleep is important for anyone with ADHD, whether you are a child or an adult.  Children need to engage in a proper sleep routine for school purposes, while adults need to engage in a proper sleep routine for work purposes. Either way, whether you are a child or an adult, set up a sleep routine. It will benefit you.

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Maintaining A Healthy Sleep Routine With ADHD


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2015). Maintaining A Healthy Sleep Routine With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 30, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2015/12/maintaining-a-healthy-sleep-routine-with-adhd/

 

Last updated: 29 Dec 2015
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