ADHD Stimulants May Cause Sleep Problems in Children

Stimulant medications for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(ADHD) cause sleep problems among the children who take them, a newstudy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln concludes.The study addresses decades of conflicting opinions and evidence about the medications’ effect on sleep.

In what’s known as a “meta-analysis,” researchers from the UNLDepartment of Psychology combined and analyzed the results from paststudies of how ADHD medications affect sleep.

In a study published online by the journal Pediatrics,the Nebraska researchers found children given the medicines takesignificantly longer to fall asleep, have poorer quality sleep, andsleep for shorter periods.

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