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Move Your Bod: Sleep Like a Champ (Even with ADHD)

Exercise: The ADHD Sleep Fitness Routine


Person in exercise shoes walking in park


Let's face it: ADHD and sleep can be like a hamster on caffeine trying to meditate while spinning on a wheel. Right? Endless to-do lists pirouette in your head, thoughts hum like angry bees, and peaceful slumber feels like a mirage. Counting sheep? More like counting down to another restless night.


But hold on, sheep counters! Science has a surprising weapon to add to your arsenal: exercise. Forget trying to soothe your busy brain with bedtime stories. Embrace exercise to burn off that excess energy and quiet the mental chatter.


Think of it like a personal trainer for your inner hamster—taming it with productive movement. This leaves your mind calmer and body ready for restful sleep. Plus, exercise releases feel-good chemicals like endorphins and serotonin. They are nature's own sleep potion, helping you drift off without a fight.


Before you picture midnight jumping jacks, remember timing is key! Late-night workouts can rev your engine, making sleep elusive. Aim for morning or afternoon workouts. A brisk walk, a fun dance session, or even some calming yoga can work wonders for your sleep.


Why Moving Your Body is an ADHD Sleep Game-Changer: The Science


  • Stress Slayer: Exercise releases feel-good hormones like endorphins and serotonin (source: PeerJ, 2018), combatting anxiety and insomnia and calming your racing thoughts like a magic potion. Studies show a 45% reduction in insomnia symptoms for regular exercisers!


  • Energy Optimizer: It might sound counterintuitive, but working out actually helps you sleep better at night. Your body learns to regulate energy more efficiently, leaving you feeling less wired (source: Taylor et al., 2005). Research shows regular exercise increases deep sleep stages by 65%, leading to more restorative rest!


  • Mood Booster: Happy brains rest better. Regular exercise boosts mood and self-esteem, making you feel happier and more prepared to tackle the day (and those pesky to-do lists!) (source: Thompson et al., 2017). Studies show a 25% decrease in depression symptoms for regular exercisers. 


Move It or Lose It: Making Exercise a Habit for Better Sleep (Bonus Tip Included!)


Remember, consistency is key! Make activity a regular part of your routine and watch your sleep (and overall well-being!) improve. Think of it as self-care superfuel. You are investing in your health and happiness, one workout at a time.

Don't like running? No sweat! Find your fitness fun in dancing, rock climbing, or even a walk in the park. The key is to move your body in a way that feels good for you. 

In the comments below, share your favorite ways to burn off that excess energy! We're in this together!


Ready to Conquer Your Sleep Struggles?


Take the first step and try incorporating exercise into your routine. You might be surprised how much it improves your sleep quality and overall well-being!


 

References:


(1) PeerJ. et al. (2018). Exercise can improve sleep quality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Published online. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5172


(2) Taylor, B. K., et al. (2005). Exercise for mild insomnia and circadian rhythm disorders: meta-analysis and efficacy guidelines. Sleep Medicine, 6(5), 265-277.


(3) Van Dongen, E. V., et al. (2005). Effects of moderate-intensity exercise on sleep in sleep-restricted healthy adults: a dose-response study. Journal of Sleep Research, 14(2), 147-154.


(4) Thompson, R. P., et al. (2017). Exercise for the treatment of depression in adults: the 2016 revision of the consensus statement of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49(7), 1475-1487.

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May 09
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I sleep better, and feel better, on the days I exercise

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

This is a great reminder of the importance of moving for our self-care!

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