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My daughter and I are both ADD so it makes it very challenging.  Typically about 30 minutes before bedtime she gets very hyper.  To help her calm down, i have her focus her energy on thinking and she draws out stories for me on her large dry erase boards in her room.  It helps her stay in one spot and slow down.  She also has a small fish tank and lava lamp in her room that serves as her night light and has a calming effect. 

We have not had any luck with morning routines yet.  She is 10 years old and will still sleep thru her alarm clock that is literally just a few feet from her head.  I usually get tired of hearing it go off (on the other side of the house) and have to go in and wake her up. Once awake, she still requires constant attention in order to get her up and ready to go on time.  She has a hard time waking up and even harder time with time management, staying on task, understanding how long each task will take and being ready on time. Long hard lessons to learn for the individual with ADD!

By txgal on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm.

I do not have a child, with or without ADD. Dealing with my own sleep issues is quite enough challenge.

One thing that I think has helped is background noise. My wife came into the marriage with a habit of listening to some very soft kind of music to help her sleep. It helps me too. We currently use Native American flute music, but anything that covers up the small noises of our city without itself engaging our attention would do the job.

I also stop any vigorous activity at least an hour before bedtime. That’s common advice, but easy to forget.

The other thing that comes to mind is stabilizing my sugar before I go to sleep. I eat a moderate amount of something that is primarily protein or fat (not carbohydrates) an hour or less before I lie down. If not, I’ll wake up around 2 or 3 a.m. I am aware that some diet gurus frown on such a habit, but I don’t care. I need my sleep.

By foothillbilly on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:11 pm.

The technique that I use often for falling asleep is related to my love for poetry. Sometimes, I read a short poem a few times till I can remember it by heart. Then, when I lay down to sleep, I can read the poem to myself in my head repeatedly. Because I’m enjoying it, it doesn’t seem tedious, and because poetry is rythmic in nature, repetition of it helps to soothe the mind. I generally fall asleep after a few repetitions. This only works if I really like the poem. This technique is better than reading because there is no light to be turned off, and my eyes are already closed.

By Haris on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:32 pm.

Peace and quiet and wind down time make or break my day or night. I go to bed after boyfriend and get up before him. The dogs being hyper, worrisome, or not being able to get my covers or anything can ruin me being dead tired and make it hard to go to sleep. Chaos is best avoided at night or in morning. I am pregnant and unmedicated so have no motivation much. Hope it gets better.

By shananava on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 11:36 pm.

Going to sleep for my 12 yr old son usually involves passing out with the radio on. He loves music. When I wake him up he is a yeller and doesn’t wake up . I found that sending my six year to get him up works well. sometimes his brother would crawl into his bed and being a loving brother my 12 yr old would snuggle him and try to comfort him and get him to go back to sleep or find out what was wrong.so now my six year old crawls into bed and snuggles with him. When the 12yr old asks him whats wrong , my six yr tells him its time to get up . For whatever sense of brotherly love, he never yells at the 6 yr old and gets up pretty calmly. I have also had sucess with our cats , by putting them next to him and petting them they rub my son, and he wakes up calmly to pet them….and then once he opens his is he wakes up calmly.

By shanisue on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:41 am.

I read in bed at night to make me sleepy, although it may backfire if the book is so interesting that all of a sudden it’s 3 a.m…. My goal is to get off the computer (any screen) an hour before I need to go to sleep, to help my brain “shut down.”  Doesn’t always work.  I sometimes set an alarm to tell me to get offline, sometimes I ignore the alarm.  To wake up, I set the loudest alarm I could buy - electric so it doesn’t stop - and have it in the kitchen so I have to walk to go turn it off.  I also set about 6 alarms for myself on my cell phone, plus two battery alarm clocks in my bedroom.  As a last resort, I’ll set the alarm I have on the computer and select a real obnoxious sound (a vintage car horn) and crank up the volume.  Believe me, that gets me out of bed!

By mklmsw on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:25 am.

For me to wind down, I listen to a calm audiobook that I am very, very familiar with. Yeah, I’m in my 40’s and listen to a bedtime story every night. Mostly a book from the Chronicles of Narnia. It helps my wife sleep too, so it works well for us. Okay, you can stop snickering now. If it works, it works grin

I don’t think it’s the act of listening to an audiobook as much as it is performing a nightly ritual. If it’s a book that I’m not familiar with, I could be up half the night listening to it. However, since I’m so very familiar with the Narnia stories, they are cue to my brain that it’s time to sleep.

By srussell1 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:35 am.

Hi, I just joined the site, I am a 55 year old adult with A.D.D. and quite a few other co-issues. So I guess I’m the norm, for A.D.D. But, I am also a twenty year vet. of the Department of Corrections in my state, I have the medal of Valor, and a lifesaving medal. I am raising my ggrandson who is 11, and has A.D./H.D. with defiant issues, so his mom, who is bi-poler, is unable to deal with him, and he and I we get along great. I see so much of mysself at a younger age within him. So, I wish to make sure he dosn’t get what I got as a kid. Any way, my life, well, it’s weird, it’s scatered, and I feel sorry for my wife of 33 years, she dosn’t understand me in the least, but she loves me and sticks with me, god bless her, I know I could never be as strong as she has been for all of the years we’ve been together. I have been truly blessed with my family, and I’ll nevr figure out how they deal with me and my issues, but they do. I have been trying to find the ways to get along in life at work and raise my grandson. I truly never understood his mom, but I still love her to, eventuly, I know I will also be raising my grand daughters, 5, and 6, the oldest is A.D.D> and asbergers, a very loving child , when you can get her to notice you, the youngest is A.D./H.D. and into every thing at once , of course. I hacve willingly taken on my grandchildern, with opend arms and a loving heart, I pray god gives me the strength to forfill this task. We, in our home, take one day at a time, and this is the first time I have joined a group or anything, I had for many years, tried not to let any one know how I see the world, and the fact, none of them make any since to me, at all. But as of the last year, it’s become very public at work, so everybody knows , even the inmates, whom I find it much easyer to deal with than most Officers, and they seem to deal with me on a different level upon finding about my A.D.D. they listen to me closer, and I don’t have to push my authority to get them to do as I need to do my duties. Weird, but nice. I’m known as the cop with spirit and they like the fact, I don’t try to drive it into their heads, I’m incharge, they acsept it, and we deal with life in theprison setting. I, would like to win one of the clocks, not for me, Idon’t sleep very much any way, never have, but for my grandson. He is the hardest person I’ve ever known to get up in the morning, and I think it would be wounderfull for him to have this. I had never even heard of one of these. But, they make perfect since , if your A.D.D. Well, as I really have no idea what I was supose to put in this. I guess I’ll end it, I hope to hear for some of you, and that we all might learn a little some thing. D.

By wgnburnr on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 2:36 am.

I always take my allergy medication right before I go to bed because it has a sedating effect.  Then I read a novel once I’m in bed to keep my mind from racing with thoughts about what happened that day or what I need to do tomorrow.  It clears my mind and I usually don’t read more than a page or two before I fall asleep.

By SuzyQ on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:24 am.

Routine, routine, routine.  I have two sons with ADHD, one is 14 and one is 8 so they have different needs.  With my younger son we’ve found that no screen time (video games or computer, tv is sometimes ok) in the hour before bed, making sure that the backpack is completely packed and by the door the night before, the clothes are laid out the night before, removing most of the books from his room (they are now in the playroom), a bedtime snack and a dark room help.  In the morning, he has the same thing for breakfast most days of the week, it’s simple and he likes it.  Again, we really follow the same routine every day.  He loves music so when he’s out of bed he has a CD he can play.  With my older son, it’s harder because he’s up later with more work and extracurricular activities but we still make sure the backpack is ready the night before and we have set up his cell phone and computer to cut off access at a reasonable hour (around 10 pm).  Mornings have always been rough with him, he sleeps soundly through alarms etc so Mom still wakes him up, repeatedly.  There are times where I actually bring his meds up to him while he’s still getting out of bed to avoid the scramble as he runs for the bus and I’ve even started the shower (it takes awhile to warm up).  Neither of our kids has a computer or tv in their room and I’ve found that melatonin has been very helpful to my younger son in falling asleep.  It is a never-ending process and not perfect, but it is tons better than it used to be.

By sheila19 on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 3:43 am.
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