If necessary, your doctor may prescribe medication to help you fall asleep or stay asleep. Although sleep disorders are not an official diagnostic criterion for ADHD, many people with this diagnosis also struggle with sleep disorders due to their neurodivergence. It should be noted, however, that children with sleep disorders who are treated with stimulants, sleep hygiene, and melatonin retain the stimulants’ positive effects on ADHD symptoms as well as improved sleep. Stimulants such as caffeine may help with ADHD, but their continued use may also potentially lead to sleep disorders and similar sleep disorders.
Therefore, treating primary insomnia (not associated with stimulant medications) may improve latency when falling asleep, but does not necessarily result in remission of ADHD.
How can I calm my ADHD brain to sleep?
And melatonin supplements, taken around an hour before bed, have been shown to help some adults with ADHD fall asleep. It is almost common knowledge that people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) simply find it harder to fall asleep at night. Remember that children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD and Asperger Syndrome (ASD), require even more routine and predictability than other children. Just as you set an alarm to wake up, consider setting a bedtime alarm so kids link their bedtime to a clock or timer instead of feeling like sleep is a parental requirement.
A heavy, heavy blanket can put severe pressure on muscles and joints throughout the night, helping to regulate a disorganized sense of self and calm an overactive central nervous system.