Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Sleep in Children

Sleep Med Clin. 2015 Jun;10(2):143-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsmc.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Mar 18.


Basic assumptions about ADHD in children and sleep are not supported by research. It is unclear that children with hyperactivity or inattention have disrupted sleep. Parents of children with ADHD consistently report more bedtime resistance, but there is no objective evidence that sleep is subsequently disrupted. Treatment of ADHD with stimulants may disrupt sleep. Studies of comorbid sleep or psychiatric disorders consistently show that they disrupt sleep. Melatonin is an effective treatment of sleep problems in children with ADHD. Before any child is placed on stimulants, the pediatrician or other health care professional should insure that the child is obtaining adequate sleep.

Keywords: Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder; Obstructive sleep apnea; Periodic limb movement disorder; Sleep apnea.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Sleep
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Sleep Wake Disorders / psychology