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Parents of ADHD Children

Sleep problems in kids with ADHD

I am a scientist working on a project with the University of Maryland, evaluating the role and impact of sleep problems in children diagnosed with ADHD. I have read many comments and posts regarding this concern.  I would like to speak with any parents who would be interested in sharing their experiences.
Thank you.


I live in Canada I hope it’s not a problem. We’ve been through a lot with my son and his sleep. He’s been taking Clonazepam at a very low dose at night for over a year and it makes a huge difference both at night and during the day. Send me a private message if you want to know more.

Posted by Fredadd on Nov 04, 2013 at 12:14am

My son is 12 diagnosed with ADD when he was 7.  He has always had sleep issues, which of course got worse with the medications. He now takes 3mg of Melatonin every night.  Its kind of hit and miss with him but it works better than anything else we have tried.  What kind of information are you looking for?

Posted by Lamieh on Nov 04, 2013 at 2:02am

My son is 10 and has ADHD.  He has had sleep problems in the past, but with current medication, he is better.  I would be willing to share my experience if you need.

Posted by plmathews on Nov 04, 2013 at 2:54am

My youngest son has taken melatonin since he was 6, plus has had other medicine to help him sleep over the years.  Huge issue for him—affects all aspects of life (academics, social, activities, self esteem, etc).

Happy to contribute,
Houston, Tx

Posted by lksl1231 on Nov 04, 2013 at 5:22am

My son is 12 and is going for a sleep study this week. (His dad and I both have sleep apnea and ADHD as well). He only recently started having problems winding down at night to sleep. He is very sleepy in the mornings, as am I. We both say we don’t feel awake or functional unless we take our morning ADHD stimulant medication. You can contact me if you would like more information.

Posted by Udderlycrazy on Nov 04, 2013 at 6:31am

Hi, parent of an 11 year old son with inattentive adhd.  We struggled with sleep for years. He was awake for hours after being put to bed and often his sleep was disrupted.  We tried melatonin even at a higher dose and there were inconsistent results and not enough study completed to know it was safe.  Our son was prescribed clonidine 1 year ago and it has been a life saver.

Posted by momtodom on Nov 04, 2013 at 6:34am

I am also happy to share my difficulties with my 10 year old who has been on ADHD medication for 5 years.

Posted by raeinnyc on Nov 04, 2013 at 7:34am

My daughter was diagnosed when she was 8 and is now 13. She was taking focalin for most of that time. She began having many sleepness nights last year, it got so bad that she was only sleeping an a couple hours a night if that. We took her off the medicine and she in now sleeping again. She still has some trouble falling asleep and we give her sleep Ozzzzs, which contains a small amount of melatonin and chamomile.

Posted by LauraL. on Nov 05, 2013 at 12:29am

Melatonin works great for my daughter.  When she was 9 years old, I asked her pediatrician if it was okay to give her 1.5mg of melatonin at night and the pediatrician said yes.  She is now 13 years old and takes 5mg of melatonin at night and it always helps her switch from “on” and alert and active, to yawning and ready to lay her head on the pillow.  There is no lingering sleepy or groggy effects the next day whatsoever.  It simply helps her to transition from “I’m-up-and-active-and-ready-to-go!” to “I’m-tired-and-[big yawn]-want-to-go-to-sleep-now”.  She actually WANTS to go to bed!

She doesn’t take it religiously, and there is no effect (such as withdrawal effects) if she does NOT take it.  The nights that she does not take it, she just tends to stay awake several hours longer.  She never winds down naturally.  Instead, the melatonin triggers that for her.  It has made a huge difference.

Posted by hitwcidb on Nov 06, 2013 at 9:42pm

My 10-yr. old son never had a sleep problem before he was diagnosed at age 8.  He also sleeps great when he forgets to take his medicine but when on the medicine, he unfortunately wakes up at 11:30 pm and sometimes around 3 am.  Melatonin usually helps this but worried to have him take too often since his body could stop producing the natural amounts of it if he continues it on a reg. basis.

Posted by cak on Nov 07, 2013 at 12:58am

Thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to share your experiences. I would ask as a followup request: if you could fill out a short survey we have developed that is designed to get some key insights about sleep issues and ADHD.  The link for the survey is:

If you would like to contact me directly, please send me a private message. 

Thank you again.

Posted by Madhvi on Nov 08, 2013 at 4:02am

My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago and to this day we are still having sleeping issues.  She is on meds to help her sleep and as long as she gets them she does great! They have given her clonidine, without it she is up all night and not tired at all!

Posted by mock1 on Dec 17, 2013 at 4:20am

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