Sleep issues?

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    • #168575

      Hi there,

      My daughter (13) just got diagnosed with ADD and an anxiety disorder. One thing that she struggles with is getting to sleep. I have read that this is common, but she says she can’t get comfortable and that it hurts. I asked her to explain what she means, but she can’t seem to put into words. Is this discomfort/pain common, too? Just trying to figure out where to go with this. We will be looking into medication after things get back to normal, but hoping for some been there, done that thoughts.

      Thanks so much,


    • #168576

      Yes getting to sleep is often a challenge. Constant flipping and adjusting until a momentary comfort and we pass out. Basically as we are trying to settle. What seems comfortable one min begins to hurt the next minute and causes movement. Recommendations. Have her stop using electronics an hour before bed. No phones in bed. Reduce sugar or caffeine products after noon. Try melatonin supplements an hour or so before bed. Meditation routines through apps on YouTube.

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      Penny Williams

      Hi Lisa!

      Yes, sleep challenges are common with ADHD. It sounds like she might have poor proprioceptive input (sense of where you are in space) that causes discomfort. My son struggles with this and uses a weighted blanket and it helps tremendously. He’s been sleeping under one for 10 years.

      Here are more helpful strategies to address sleep issues as well:

      Why Children with ADHD Hate Bedtime: Solutions to ADHD Sleep Problems

      ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Coach & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism

    • #168907

      Hey Lisa,

      I truly feel for you and your daughter. So much so that this is the first time I have ever posted or responded to a post.

      As a child I had severe insomnia accompanied by pain. I was told it was “growing pains” and would pass. My academic struggles were noted. However, I was never referred to any specialist as my grades were “good”.

      Thirty plus years ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by the Mayo Clinic; those restless nights with non-Restorative sleep, never ending pain and daytime cognitive dysfunction did not pass.

      Recently I was diagnosed with ADHA. I just this week started treatment/therapy with an Adult ADHA specialist. For the first time in a long time I am hopeful.

      A relatively recent (small) study found 40+% of individuals with fibromyalgia also tested positive for ADHA and suggested that individuals who test positive for Fibromyalgia should also be tested for ADHA.

      Should you decide to have your daughter tested, I beg you to find a competent specialist. Far too many practitioners are ill informed.

      I am struggling today with pain, fatigue and “Fibro-fog”/ADHA(?) so I do hope my response makes sense.

      I have included some links below that I hope help you understand my response. Hopefully filling any voids or incongruences.

      I wish you and your daughter all the best,


      Fibromyalgia Patients Should Be Screened for ADHD, Study Says

    • #173975

      I wriggle around like crazy before sleep, especially my legs. I wonder if she means it hurts mentally or physically? For me I can relate to the ‘pain’ of not being stimulated by the TV or computer or whatever it is. I think my brain craves stimulation, so I fidget around. I think good sleep hygiene helps me.

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