Nov 5 | ADHD and Sleep | New York City, NY Patch –

The Manhattan Adult ADD Support Group is pleased to sponsor the following Zoom Lecture:

Thursday, November 5, 8-10pm EST

ADHD & Sleep w/ Jessica Lunsford-Avery, PhD

Sleep: the pause that refreshes. What happens during those hours gears us up to face the day and its demands.

With ADHD, though, it can be closer to: nice work if you can get it. Getting to bed; falling sleep; staying asleep; getting up easily the next morning: these can seem like distant goals.

A slew of factors — time blindness; trouble with transitions; a fear of missing out; an opportunity for productive work in a quiet environment; an attachment to a digital device; or hyperfocusing in general — can keep you out of bed.

A variety of other factors — mental chatter; a disturbed circadian rhythm (the cyclical 24-hour period of human biological activity); a delayed sleep-phase onset — can make it tough to get to sleep.

In some cases, it’s a vicious circle: ADHD postpones sleep. Sleep loss then magnifies ADHD-related inattention.

Meanwhile, stimulants — the frontline meds used in ADHD — can also interfere with sleep. (That’s why they’re called “stimulants.”) While extended-release preparations can make the situation worse.

In the short run, a sleep deficit can make it harder to think straight. Beyond this, prolonged sleep deprivation can factor into issues like obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

What might do some good? Perhaps routinizing your schedule? Limiting caffeine? Morning bright-light therapy (an attempt to reset a circadian rhythm)? Exercising during the day? Meditation prior to bed? Progressive muscle relaxation? Keeping the bedroom dark and cool? Using a whitenoise machine? A weighted blanket or comforter? Melatonin (a hormone implicated in the sleep/wake cycle, and available over the counter)? CBD oil? Sedating antidepressants or other off-label meds? Multiple alarm clocks?

At one point or another, all have been suggested. Learn more about these issues on November 5.


Psychologist Jessica Lunsford-Avery is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.

There, she works at the Duke ADHD Program, where she looks at sleep patterns, including how they interact with ADHD. A recent report describes a test run for a wearable sleep-brainwave recording device

Dr. Lunsford-Avery is also a clinician; she writes: “I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in empirically supported evaluation and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders across the lifespan. I offer a range of psychological interventions including parent behavior management training and academic skills training for youth and families impacted by ADHD and developmental disorders, as well as cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for adults with a range of psychiatric conditions, including ADHD, mood disorders and anxiety.”
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