ADHD Hacks: Never go to sleep with your phones!

Life is better now that I don’t go to sleep with my phone.

I know, weird, huh?  All the great games, movies, music, even a chance to text with friends at night… all gone.

It wasn’t my idea — it was my mom‘s.  (Yeah, it was a consequence.)  But strangely, I’ve noticed it’s making a difference.  I’m getting to school on time.  I have time to eat breakfast before leaving in the morning.  I’m happier. Seriously!

So, I thought I’d share it.  I think it qualifies as an ADHD Hack because for those of you who don’t know, most of the kids at school are going to sleep with their phones.  It’s become pretty normal stuff.

I’ve gone 2 months now, going to sleep without my phone.  At a certain time each night, I leave my phone in another room and my quality of sleep is way better than what it was when I slept with my phone. Simple.

I guess you could still leave it plugged in on the other side of your room if you needed the alarm but try keeping it away from you in bed.

Try it for a week and you will see what I mean, your quality of sleep will increase immensely and you will be less tired in the morning. Its very tempting to stay up all night playing games or watching Netflix but it’s not worth it.

Other Sleep Tips for Kids with ADHD

Here are some other things that make it easier to get a good night’s sleep with ADHD.  I used to have a lot of trouble winding down and going to sleep, and these all made a difference.

  • A shower or hot bath before bed.
  • I don’t know about you but I love clean sheets.
  • A dark room.
  • Go to bed as soon as you feel super tired so you don’t miss that feeling and end up awake all night.
  • Excercise.  If you’re not getting enough excercise every day, maybe try an activity like Tae Kwon Do (check out my post on Tae Kwon Do here). Some sports seem to be better for kids with ADHD — and martial arts is one of them.

Do you take your phone to bed with you? Try leaving it in another room for a few nights and let me know how it goes.

~ Jeff

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