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What should I do if my child's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medication is keeping my child up?

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Keep in mind that overstimulation -- not medicine -- may be behind your child’s sleep problems. It can help to keep him off video games and his phone or computer before bedtime. You might try these other tips as well:

  • Make the room sleep-friendly. Light tells your body it’s time to be up, so a dark room is important. Turn on a fan if it’s warm, or grab an extra blanket if it’s cold.
  • Commit to a relaxing bedtime routine. A nightly bath, 20 minutes of reading, or writing in a journal can help kids unwind and fall asleep.
  • Keep animals off the bed. Pets who sleep on the bed may stretch, change positions, or move around and wake your child up.
  • Countdown to sleep. Tell your child to try this mind-calming exercise: Start at 100 and count back to 1.

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

SOURCES:

The Child Mind Institute: “Side Effects of ADHD Medication.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

KidsHealth.org: “Getting Help for Sleep Woes.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on February 3, 2019

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