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Sleep Issues and ADHD

Article from email newsletter.

I received an email with a link to the sleep issues article - firstly, on page 3 it says ‘people without ADHD report it being easier to sleep with caffeine’.

I think that is meant to say WITH ADHD? Unless I’m missing something people without it tend to stay awake from coffee as far as I know lol. Anyone else see/agree with that?

Otherwise - that article is ME all over. SO me. And THANK YOU for saying sleep hygiene is INDIVIDUALISTIC - the generic lists often make sleep harder for people with ADHD, I think. Although I’d go a little further and say there are some activities I do in bed that are almost always advised against including in this article, that DO help me get to sleep. Reading or watching TV in low-light, especially (not using the computer though). In regards to the ‘only use the bed/room for sleep/sex’ part. I do like the specification about high-energy negative things like conflict though - that is definitely a bad idea.

My bed has always been my special place, my comfort. So I do a lot more than sleep there. But the insomnia came first, at age 10. As long as it’s relaxing and/or quiet, or ‘happy’ it doesn’t seem to impact my sleep - good or bad. if it’s the above two things, it tends to help me sleep. But yes - fighting or when I’m worked up and really angry - not a good idea. One of the best articles I’ve ever read on sleep issues that I personally have. The statistics really surprised me too.

It’s comforting to know ‘why’ though - and see some new ideas on how to treat it.


Strange how caffeine can put you to sleep.  That can happen to me too.  My psychiatrist also told me to get a 10,000 lumen light that mocks sunlight.  A bedroom should be cozy.  I have to put on a fan (white noise), plus my husband snores.  It is nice to find out reasons “why” you are the way you are.  I sometimes envy my husband because he is so “normal”.  I was told I am like a sponge taking in other’s problems, while my husband is like a duck (the water rolls off his back).  I wish I could be more like that.  It is just one’s makeup.  Reading is probably the best way to get to sleep (i have a hard time concentrating though).  I usually bring my computer in bed and just look at things.  All of a sudden I will be so tired, I have to turn it off.

Posted by JADD on Dec 27, 2013 at 1:13am

i have had major problems in this area.  when i was exercising it helped with sleep also trazadone 100 mg has been very helpful lately, i too need to avoid caffeine after a certain time.  lunesta worked also and a low dosage of seroquel like no more than 50 mg.


Posted by mark4francis on Sep 15, 2014 at 3:39pm

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