How To Make Bedtime More Relaxing For Kids With ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in kids has a very big impact on their sleep because they are hypersensitive to environmental stimuli and their bodies react more strongly, making it harder to turn off their brains and settle down for sleep. Our research has shown that 20 percent of these children have difficulty falling or staying asleep. That’s three times the rate among children who don’t have the condition.
Sleep is important for your child’s ability to focus and concentrate, mood, general health, and well-being. If the child is not getting enough sleep, once they wake up they will be having the symptoms like
- Difficulty getting up
- Less refreshing sleep
- More daytime sleepiness
- Other sleep problems such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome
Having a sleep disorder in addition to ADHD isn’t easy. However, with the right treatment and lifestyle modifications, you can greatly reduce your child’s ADHD symptoms and improve their sleep. One of the best things you can do to help your child sleep better with ADHD is to follow good sleep hygiene: the habits conducive to regular, restful sleep. These are good habits for anyone to follow, but they’re especially important for those prone to poor sleep, such as children with ADHD.
A few things that can be done to improve the sleep pattern are by designing the child’s sleep schedule which can be followed in a daily basis, diet schedule, exercise schedule and relaxation techniques and a few things that can be done to the room which can help in improving the quality of sleep is by using blackout curtains keeping the room very dark.
At Jeevaniyam, we help your child to manage and to eliminate feelings of anxiety and thoughts that keep them from falling asleep through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). We also provide Sensory Integration Therapy and Ayurveda treatments that help promote normal sleep.