Chances are many of us have struggled with sleep recently. Whether it’s due to stress or broken sleeping patterns, we are facing unprecedented times that can cause havoc with our minds. This is especially true for those who suffer from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a condition which can cause but is not limited to, high energy levels, impulsive behaviours and difficulty focusing.
ADHD and Sleep Problems
Unfortunately, sleep problems are common among those who suffer from ADHD, kids and adults alike. This is because those with ADHD are easily distracted and typically have difficulties keeping a schedule. This applies even more so during this lockdown period, with many individuals having to adapt to new routines due to working from home or being furloughed completely.
ADHD is also linked to specific sleep disorders, noticeably PLMS (Periodic Limb Movements) and RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome). These conditions can cause involuntary jerks of movement, which often result in sufferers waking abruptly, disrupting their sleep throughout the night. What's more, the stimulants used to treat ADHD can make sufferers feel more awake and less likely to want to sleep.
With this being said, how can an individual with ADHD try and maintain a sense of normality, especially during these testing times?
ADHD During the COVID-19 Lockdown
With the inevitability of added stress, those with ADHD are likely to be facing greater challenges than they would be normally. With this in mind, here are a few tips to try and help keep ADHD in check during the ongoing situation:
Maintain a Sleeping Pattern
Maintaining a good sleeping pattern is important for everyone during these unpredictable times, but we understand that’s easier said than done!
Going to bed at the same time every night ensures our circadian rhythm (the sleep-wake cycle) works correctly, so it’s crucial to try and keep our routine as consistent as possible. This means avoiding alcohol, nicotine, caffeine and electronics later in the evening so you’ll be more relaxed and ready for drift off come bedtime.
Exercise is obviously pivotal to human health. Whilst many of us may be guilty of eating a little bit too much, or drinking more regularly now we haven’t got to be up early every day, we can’t let ourselves embrace bad habits for too long! Instead, use the daily exercise suggested by the government to get outdoors, be active and burn off some energy.
Whether it’s cycling, a family hike or simply walking the dog, ensure you put aside some time each and every day to exercise - your mind and body will thank you!
As mentioned previously, it’s important to keep yourself busy through the day. If you’re feeling restless or suddenly have the urge to get up and be active - do it! Regular movement breaks are a great way to let off some steam and get the blood pumping.
Sleeping with ADHD During the Coronavirus Lockdown
If you suffer from ADHD and are struggling to get to sleep at night during the government-imposed lockdown, we have a few suggestions that may help you get your forty winks.
As we’ve mentioned previously, avoiding caffeine, alcohol and nicotine in the evenings should help you feel rested, and prevent waking up through the night.
Ditching screens for books is also a good habit, though the temptation of televisions, phones and games consoles can be too much to resist! If this is the case, try to enable blue light filters on your device of choice (assuming this feature is supported).
You might not have to ditch technology completely for the perfect night’s sleep though, with audiobooks being a fantastic choice for those wanting to drift off to the sound of Harry Potter, A Game of Thrones or any other novel you can think of!
If audiobooks aren’t your thing, introducing white or pink noise to your bedroom could also be a good idea.
Sleep Sounder With a New Mattress
Hopefully, one or more of these tips will help you drift off to a better night’s sleep, waking feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. If you have any tips of your own, be sure to let us know on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. But what happens if your bed isn’t as comfortable as it once was?
If you lay in bed in discomfort or wake up feeling achy, it could be time for a new mattress. We have a wide range of double and single memory foam mattresses for you to choose from, offering maximum comfort for even the most active of sleepers.