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What causes sleep disorders in people with ADHD?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
The jury is still out on the actual cause of sleep disorders in individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some experts speculate the stimulant medications taken for ADHD may cause difficulties in falling asleep. Some people with ADHD may have problems relaxing at night, causing them to have sleep difficulties. Other problems that add to sleep difficulties include primary sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome.

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