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Parents of ADHD Children

Having major issues waking up in the morning

My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed almost a year ago with ADHD.  We have had many ups and downs but my biggest struggle is waking her up in the morning.  She takes a blood pressure medication to help her slow down so she can sleep but she also goes to bed 10 hrs before she needs to get up and takes the medication 1 1/2 hours before that.  The medication isn’t in her system anymore but she is out like a light still.  I have tried setting up her things the night before, bribing her with food(she is always hungry and not gaining weight because of her eating), toys or even special things and nothing seems to work to get her up and moving.  There are even times she will get up, eat and find her way to the couch and fall asleep again.  I’m starting to feel like this is how life is going to be, I don’t like it and I’m sure she doesn’t either. I’m tired of fighting her so I’m hoping to get some help from people who live this or have been there before.  Any advise is greatly appreciated!


I had a very similar situation with my now 11 yo son.  In addition to being tired, our biggest morning issue was his distractability which had him doing everything but getting dressed.  I finally decided that peace in the morning was more important than tackling this skill - and i basically got him up and dressed and stayed with him throughout all the steps. It took longer for me - but made the morning much more pleasant and less chaotic for the whole house. 

Now that he is older i use a reward system for him to get himself ready each morning within 30 minutes - no nagging from me, and at the end of the week if all 5 school days were successful he earns pokemon cards.

Posted by momtodom on Nov 21, 2013 at 4:22pm

My 15 your is still like this. I use his after school dungeons and dragon club as a reward. If he doesn’t get up and out by himself, he is not allowed to stay after school the following week for his club.ive heard some make a laminated chart with pull off Velcro pieces. Move the piece from the to do side to the done side when accomplished. This is still frustrating after 10 years, not sure when or if it gets better

Posted by JulieBmotherof3 on Nov 21, 2013 at 5:52pm

sounds like medication withdrawal symptoms to me.  When my meds would wear off at night I would get hungry and really tired, or unfocused as you say.  In the mornings give them their adhd medications as soon as they wake up and with in 15 minutes they will be wide awake and ready to get on with their morning routines, chores.  My doctor had me keep a glass of water and my Adderall and Wellbutrin medications right on my night stand so I could medicate as soon as I get up otherwise I would drag myself around the house half dead feeling. Took about 2 months after I stop the strong adhd medications before I started to feel normal in the mornings again, tired yes but not like the morning withdrawal dead to the world feeling.  I understand they need their meds but Im just giving you a heads up on why theyre so tired after sleeping all night.  Ask your doctors about giving meds upon waking in the morning, they’ll agree with me.

Posted by BexIssues on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:52am

Sounds like a meds issue to me. I would speak to your doctor especially about the blood pressure medication. Once that is addressed, a hypnosis session could just be what is needed at days end with a post-hypnotic suggestion to look forward to beginning a new day. That said, a highly structured day may be necessary. And, a rewards system may just do the trick to help your daughter get started. However, if the meds or her BP is inhibiting her, a trip to the doctor may be in order.

Posted by RobertB on Nov 23, 2013 at 12:23pm

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