Many children with ADHD struggle to fall asleep at bedtime. Children with ADHD are more likely to experience problems with sleep than children without ADHD. It’s thought children with ADHD have a delayed circadian rhythm and thus produce melatonin later in the day. Sometimes medications to treat ADHD, like stimulants, may also make it harder to fall asleep. Today we will review 5 common problems that contribute to behavioral sleep issues for these little ones. Then we’ll outline 6 tips for children with ADHD that help avoid bedtime battles and help your child sleep better.
Now that we know the common struggles children with ADHD experience around sleep, what can we do to help? We’ll discuss 6 tips to help your child with ADHD establish healthy sleep habits and ultimately, have less bedtime battles.
If you’re still having trouble despite following these healthy sleep habits, you may need to discuss the possibility of other medical or behavioral sleep problems with your child’s pediatrician. If you would like help setting up a predictable schedule, a bedtime routine, and healthy sleep habits, I invite you to reach out to me.
Sleep Foundation: ADHD and Sleep
Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: A clinical overview of sleep and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.