Bedtime & Sleep

Simple Sleep Strategies for Kids with ADHD

Help your child get restful sleep — at last.

A good night's sleap and clear night sky
A good night's sleap and clear night sky

Reviewed on March 30, 2017

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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