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Sleep Issues and ADHD

Does anyone know of a link between ADD/ADHD and SleepWalking?

Granted, my sleepwalking is caused my increased anxiety, but sometimes I feel as if my ADD feeds into my anxiety…

Anyone experience anything like this?


I am interested in research about topic also. My son had night terrors ( he would run not walk) through adolescence. I was always looking for research anout this but back then didn’t see any connections. 

Yes he’s adhd.

Posted by Llcs on Nov 05, 2013 at 7:11pm

Yes, same here. My 10 year old son has had night terrors since the age of 2. Was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 7. Although the night terrors come few and far between now, he does regularly sleepwalk.

Posted by adavidson1982 on Nov 05, 2013 at 7:16pm

My 13 year old son used to do a lot of sleepwalking but none since his ADHD diagnosis and treatment with Concerta.

Posted by EnglishADDboy'sMum on Nov 06, 2013 at 3:33am

My 14yo ADHD son and 11yo ADD daughter both have a history of sleepwalking. Both before and while being on medication.  Yet their brother does not. I’d love to hear more.

Posted by Vicki A on Nov 06, 2013 at 6:49pm

Thanks for the replies. However, all of you told me about your children (which is fine!)... but I’m in my mid-50s and still sleepwalk when I’m over-stressed. Any other adults out there who have ADD/ADHD and also sleepwalk?

My trigger is anxiety…. does anybody know what their triggers (or for your kids, if you know of anything in particular that triggers their sleepwalking).

Just a suggestion to you parents of sleepwalkers (I was a child sleepwalker too, but stopped in my teens, and didn’t do it again for many, many years). But a few of you mentioned “night terrors” in association with the kids’ sleepwalking. It MIGHT be worth working with your little sleepwalker to see what kind of day he or she had prior to an incidence of sleepwalking. A journal, I guess. My bet is that you’ll start seeing some trends. Sleepwalking is just so darn dangerous… I have all kinds of scars, a stress fracture, I’ve fallen down entire flights of stairs, ripping out the wooden handrail supports with my bare legs…  all kinds of mischief. If you can help your kiddos to identify and deal with the triggers now, maybe they won’t carry it into adult life like I have.

Thanks again, all…

Posted by Enterprizer on Nov 07, 2013 at 2:13pm

Enterprizer: I only skimmed the abstract, but it appears there’s at least one paper which claims that “ADHD has an increased association with simple sleep related movement disorders such as restless legs syndrome/periodic limb movements in sleep (RLS/PLMS), rhythmic movement disorder (body rocking and head banging), and parasomnias, such as disorders of partial arousal (sleep walking, sleep terrors, and confusional arousals).”*

As for me personally: I used to sleepwalk. I have no idea if I still do. Unfortunately, even if I confirmed it, I’m a bit of a bad case example. I have a couple of things going on which could contribute.

*Arthur S. Walters, et al, “Review of the Possible Relationship and Hypothetical Links Between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the Simple Sleep Related Movement Disorders, Parasomnias, Hypersomnias, and Circadian Rhythm Disorders”

Posted by NeuroD on Mar 23, 2014 at 9:15pm

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