Attention deficit disorders and sleep/arousal disturbance

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Jun;931:271-86. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2001.tb05784.x.


Many children, adolescents, and adults with Attention Deficit Disorders report chronic difficulties with falling asleep, awakening and/or maintaining adequate daytime alertness. These problems may be due to a variety of factors, including environment, lifestyle, and psychiatric comorbidities. Impairments in sleep/arousal may also be related more directly to the underlying pathophysiology of ADD. This chapter describes clinical manifestations of sleep/arousal problems often associated with ADD and reviews behavioral and medication options for treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arousal / physiology*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology*
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / physiopathology*
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Wakefulness / physiology