ADHD and Sleep Issues: Real Life Answers for Real Life Questions

Today we’re continuing our series on real-life answers for real-life questions, addressing ADHD and sleep issues.

I’m Angela Howard and my passion is to break the stigma of mental health issues among fellow Christians. If you’re new to my channel be sure to subscribe and follow so you don’t miss out on any of the new content!

Here’s our real-life question…

Real Life Question: “I’m a mom with ADHD who also has a teenage daughter with ADHD—we both have issues with falling asleep and getting up in the morning. Is this related to ADHD and what can we do about it?”

Real Life Answer: Yes, and yes. According to Dr. William Dodson “50 percent of children with ADHD have difficulty falling asleep almost every night by age 12 ½ by age 30, more than 70 percent of adults with ADHD report that they spend more than one hour trying to fall asleep at night.” There are also issues with restless sleep, difficulty waking up, and intrusive sleep. So what can you do?

3 Tips to Hacking Your Sleep Issues

  1. Create Healthy Sleep Hygiene
  • Go to bed at the same time every night
  • Keep screens out of your bedroom (they emit a blue light which tricks your body into thinking it’s daytime and NOT time to sleep)
  • Get up at same time every morning
  • Use your bed for sleeping—not working, solving relationship problems, or folding laundry
  • Ease into your bedtime by winding down with calming activities
  1. Check in with Your Doctor

There could be other issues impacting your sleep. You may have restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, or your circadian rhythm may be off. A doctor can help you address these problems that could be contributing to the problem. There are also medications that may be an appropriate treatment.

  1. Check out APPs and the Latest Tech

There are all kinds of APPs that help with establishing a sleep cycle routine and white noise machines that provide a predictable rhythm of sound that’s soothing. There are even clocks that mirror the sun rising. Check out some suggestions in the bonus resources.

The brokenness of this world is pretty obvious when we are facing a physical or mental illness, but you are not alone in the fight. Remember what it says in Matthew 11:28…



Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)


What real-life questions about mental illness do you have? I’d love to hear from you today, comment below.

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Bonus Resources:

Sleep Cycle App

Wake Up Light Alarm Clock

White Noise Machine

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