Why ADHD Children Don't Sleep—and What You Can Do About It

Better sleep leads to better control of ADHD symptoms for children. Here are parent-tested solutions for a good night's rest.

Avoid Sleeping Pills

Most sleep medications that work well for adults haven’t been adequately tested for their safety and effectiveness in children. That goes for the over-the-counter sleep aid melatonin, as well as prescription sleeping pills. Doctors sometimes prescribe clonidine for ADD children who have trouble falling asleep. The drug does make it easier to fall asleep, but many kids who take it awaken around two o’clock in the morning.
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