Sleep and the ADHD child

The American Academy of Pediatrics defines Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as, “…a condition of the brain that makes it difficult for children to control their behavior.”

According to the AAP, ADHD is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood, affecting 4 to 12% of school-aged children and occurring three times as often in boys.

In addition to the other struggles often brought on by ADHD, this condition can also bring on or aggravate sleep problems. A study from 2006 showed that children with ADHD experienced more trouble sleeping than their non-ADHD peers. While more testing is needed to fully establish the connection, the results of the study suggest that parents of children with ADHD should be vigilant in monitoring their children’s sleep patterns and doing what they can to establish good sleep habits.

For ideas on helping your child get more sleep, check out these tips.