Sleep and ADHD

The relationship

Research has shown that there is a significant relationship between sleep problems and ADHD.

Specifically studies have found that individuals with ADHD are more likely to experience sleep problems such as insomnia,  difficulty falling asleep and restless sleep.  

The problem

Sleep problems can worsen ADHD symptoms, leading to increased inattention hyperactivity and impulsivity.

The Science

The exact mechanisms behind the relationship between ADHD and sleep  are not fully understood but it is believed that abnormalities in the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine which are involved in both ADHD and sleep regulation may pay a role.

A meta analysis published in the Journal of Sleep Research in 2019 reviewed 45 studies that examined sleep problems in individuals with ADHD.  The analysis found that individuals with ADHD had a higher risk of sleep problems including difficulties falling asleep, waking up during the night and overall poorer sleep quality.

The Solution

Improving sleep routines, getting more quality sleep, uninterrupted sleep and restful sleep.

Sleep is essential for mental and physical health so it is no surprise that lack of sleep can cause such difficulties for people.

Minding my mental health are spending the month of March on the topic of sleep, its importance and how to achieve that elusive perfect nights sleep, again and again.

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