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3 Ways of Helping with ADHD Fatigue

Many of us don’t know that fatigue can be a part of our ADHD symptoms, but it is true. Living with less sleep because many of us have sleep challenges, living with comorbid conditions like depression and anxiety, and then actual sleep disorders like restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and sleep apnea can make it feel impossible to get appropriate rest.

If this is you, you absolutely are not alone. I myself live with these sleep disorders and since we’re in the middle of SAD season, all I want to do is hibernate. This simply won’t do. How do we fix it?

Fix your sleep routine

I know that we talk about our sleep routines often, but if you want to fix some of this fatigue it is important to stop just reading and dismissing this advice. It is time for you to create a bedtime routine that works for you. Good sleep hygiene can make all the difference in how our fatigue manifests for us.

For me, I have begun heading upstairs to bed at least an hour before it is time to get down to actual sleep time and sitting my phone to the side. Believe it or not, I’m finding that I enjoy the time away from the constant notifications on my phone. Giving your brain a break at the end of the night won’t be something you regret.

Lessen your stress

I know, I know. Most of us are overwhelmed by stressors all the time, so I will say this to you: are you able to find any techniques to help you manage the stress you have instead of trying to eliminate it all? What is your current stress management technique?

If you don’t have one, please consider looking for one because it will help you, not just with the fatigue but with your life in general. It could mean journaling, mindfulness/meditation, or just a plain old walk. These things can help to take the stress down and have a general helpful effect on your health.

Ask for help/accommodations

Many of us are overworking our already tired brains by not asking for support when we need it. Give yourself the gift of asking for accommodations. It can be as simple as being allowed to set an alarm to help with a task to changing your work schedule to something more manageable for you.

In your day to day life, look for opportunities where you can make things easier for yourself rather than approaching things in the way you’ve always been told is the “right” way. I tell my coaching clients all the time that it is totally ok to make your life easier, and it is true. Making things easier for you will eventually lead to less fatigue.

Fatigue with ADHD is a lesser discussed symptom but it happens to many of us, myself included. You deserve the rest you need to manage it and the lessened stress or help you need to get through it. If you’re experiencing this fatigue for yourself, try these steps to help you begin working your way through it.

I know they are very commonly repeated steps but that is because they are so important. Working your way through oft-repeated advice may mean getting creative to make it work for you!

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