ADHD & Sleep


ADHD and insomnia often go hand in hand. For starters, the physical and mental restlessness can make it tough to wind down and fall asleep at night. Additionally, some of the stimulant medications used to treat ADHD can interfere with sleep. It’s a bit of a catch-22, so working with a healthcare professional can help find the right balance for managing both ADHD and sleep issues.


Talking about catch-22… lack of sleep can also impact the severity of ADHD symptoms the next day. Many might notice worsened symptoms when they don’t get enough rest.


When you’re sleep-deprived, it can be harder to concentrate, stay organized, and control impulses, which are already challenges for those with ADHD. It’s like adding fuel to the fire – sleep deprivation can make hyperactivity and impulsivity even more pronounced.


  • Melatonin helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle by signalling to the body that it’s time to sleep.
  • Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, reduces stress and restlessness, and increases body temperature, which can aid in falling asleep and experiencing deeper, more restful sleep.
  • Magnesium can help by relaxing muscles and calming the nervous system, making it easier to fall asleep.
  • Having a bedtime ritual signals to the body that it’s time to wind down, reducing stress and anxiety, and helps to establish a consistent sleep pattern.
  • Bananas contain both melatonin and magnesium, which can aid in falling asleep and staying asleep. It’s also a great bedtime snack!
  • Journaling provides an outlet for racing thoughts and worries, allowing for a more peaceful mind before bedtime.


If you’re interested to work together with an ADHD coach when it comes to achieving your goals and using tools that work for your ADHD brain as well as getting restful sleep…please reach out! 😄

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