Will ADHD medications affect my child’s sleep?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
It is hard to say for certain whether attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications will affect your child's sleep. Some people have trouble sleeping when taking prescription medications for ADHD. Others are able to sleep just fine. If your child seems to have trouble sleeping while taking an ADHD medication, discuss this problem with your pediatrician. The doctor may recommend that your child try one of the following options:
  • taking the medication at a different time of day
  • increasing or decreasing the medication dose
  • changing the type of medication being taken
Always make sure that you discuss any medication changes with the doctor to avoid complications. Lifestyle changes, like increasing daily exercise or eliminating caffeine intake, can also help your child sleep better.

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