Back To School. Back To An ADHD Routine.

Focus-MD | Back To School. Back To An ADHD Routine.

By James Wiley, MD, FAAP


It’s back to school time, and that means it’s time to get back into a routine. One of the most important routines to focus on is bedtime and awakening time. Summer tends to shift bedtime later, and it definitely shifts awakening time later for most kids, especially teenagers. So, in order to adjust the sleep cycle, we recommend beginning to wake a little earlier each day and going to bed a little earlier each night.

One of the things that you have to do in order to accomplish this is to restrict those electronics your child or teenager takes to bed with them. That sometimes meets resistance. Whether you have ADHD or not, a good night’s sleep is essential for attention — but it is especially important for ADHD patients. The ADHD brain is very hard to slow down and it takes time to adjust. So, begin now to shift that sleep cycle back to the school year pattern. You’ll be glad you did.


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