Sleep Strategies for ADHD Kids

Get restful sleep-at last.

Rosemary Tannock, an expert on ADHD and its link to sleep, from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, provides these useful tips.

  • Avoid beverages and snacks with caffeine after 4 p.m.
  • Have a set bedtime. Routine is essential for kids with ADHD.
  • Give a 10-minute bedtime warning and engage in a pleasant activity with your child. Make going to bed peaceful and fun.
  • Treat bedtime separation anxiety with cognitive behavioral skills like deep breathing and calming thoughts.
  • Provide a relaxed environment for your child at night. Singing, reading and soothing music will go a long way.
  • If you think your child is having sleep problems, keep a daily log of when he falls asleep and when he wakes. Talk to your doctor about your concerns, and ask whether he or she feels a sleep evaluation is necessary.

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