How to Wake Up When You Have ADHD

 How to Wake Up When You Have ADHDSleeping problems are common when you have ADHD and I have written articles about how to get to sleep and how to stay asleep, as well as conditions that can effect your sleep like Restless Leg Syndrome. However, a sleep problem I haven’t addressed yet is waking up! Waking up at a particular time can be very difficult when you have ADHD and cause huge problems, such as, being late for work, flights, interviews or lectures. If you have difficultly waking up don’t just see it as a morning problem, instead look your sleep habits as a whole. Everything is connected and if you can’t wake up it could be because you couldn’t get to sleep or the quality of your sleep was poor.

However, while you are addressing those issues, you still need to wake up in the morning…so check out these solutions. They will have you waking up, on time, every time and they are pretty fun too!


Is an alarm clock on wheels and makes snoozing a thing of the past. If you don’t get up when the alarm goes off, Clocky jumps off your nightstand and hides, all the while making a sound like, (and I quote) “deranged R2D2 hitting a bell”


Sonic Bomb

The Sonic Bomb Clock is the answer for everyone who sleeps through their alarm clock. It has an adjustable alarm that you can set to go off so it’s louder than a jackhammer. However, if that wasn’t enough, it comes with a bed shaker! You pop a harmless looking device under your mattress and when it’s time to wake the alarm sounds and your whole bed shakes until you are wide awake and UP!


A Full Spectrum Light Alarm Clock

A Full Spectrum Light Alarm Clock has a light that gets brighter and brighter rather like the sun rising, so that you wake up gradually. This is particularly good for people who are grumpy when they are woken up abruptly.

There are many on the market, with all different features to meet your needs, a quick Google search will help you choose yours.

ADHD and Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome

ADHD and Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg SyndromeSleeping difficulties are one of the comorbid conditions that Adults with ADHD can experience. While Insomnia is the most well known sleeping difficulty, the other common ones are Teeth Grinding, Sleep Apnea and Restless Leg Syndrome.

Having sleep problems is a double whammy when you have ADHD because lack of sleep results in ADHD symptoms, such as, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, distraction and disorganization. If you have or suspect you have a sleep disorder, it is important to treat it so that you can minimize its effects on your life and your ADHD.

Teeth Grinding or Bruxism (From the Greek word brygmós “gnashing of teeth”)

The short term effects of teeth grinding can include headaches, aching jaws, sore facial muscles, earaches and stiff or tight shoulders. While long-term effects can include: tooth sensitivity, worn or cracked teeth, infections or dental abscesses, pain and stiffness of the jaw. If you recognize yourself as a tooth grinder, visit your dentist who will fit your with a mouth guard.

Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

There are 2 types of sleep Apnoea:


This is where during sleep the soft tissues and muscles of the throat relax so much they block air for 10 seconds or more and your breathing is interrupted.


This is where the air is reduced by 50% (or more) for 10 seconds or more while you sleep.

Problems breathing while you sleep mean you move from a deep sleep to a lighter sleep or wake up completely. Because everyone needs a certain amount of deep sleep per night, if you aren’t getting enough you will feel fatigued in the morning. As well as, short term problems, such as reduced attention there are long term problems such as heart attack, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Visit your
doctor ASAP. You will be prescribed a CPAP, which is a breathing machine that maintains your airway.

Restless legs syndrome (RLS)

This common condition results in an overpowering desire to move your legs. It might be accompanied by a crawling feeling on your legs. While the exact cause isn’t known, it’s thought to be due to low levels of dopamine, or an underlying health condition, such as, an iron deficiency. Visit your doctor and they will be able to assess you. Your treatment will depend on their findings.

Whatever your sleep problems, get them checked out ASAP. You will feel like a new person after a good nights sleep.

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