7 Solutions to ADD Sleep Problems

How to manage when symptoms of ADD/ADHD cause sleep issues.

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Do's and Don'ts for a Better Night's Sleep ADDitude Magazine

Many adults with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) complain of restless nights and exhausted mornings. Sometimes, ADHD medications cause adverse reactions, other times a turbo-speed brain keeps you up. Just as there is no one reason for ADHD-related sleep disturbances, there is no one solution that works for everyone. Here are a handful of options from ADDitude’s experts…

Adjust Your ADHD Medication

ADHD medications can spark sleep problems in some adults. If you suspect that this is the case, talk with your doctor about fine-tuning your treatment.

On the other hand, some ADHD experts believe that taking a stimulant 45 minutes before bedtime can shut off buzzing brains. "About two-thirds of my adult patients take a full dose of their ADHD medication every night to fall asleep," says William Dodson, M.D., a psychiatrist based in Denver.


This article comes from the Spring 2009 issue of ADDitude.

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