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Sleep patterns among ADHD children

Sleep patterns among ADHD children

Clinical Psychology Review 15(7): 681-691

This article reviews seminal parent survey and polysomnogram research related to sleep patterns of children with ADHD. Although polysomnogram studies have shown no consistent, significant differences between the sleep patterns of medication-free children with and without ADHD, parents have consistently reported that children with ADHD have greater sleep difficulty than other children. Despite widespread clinician caution about insomnia side effects of stimulant medication prescribed for this population, research has been inconclusive as to whether children with ADHD who are taking stimulants experience greater sleep difficulty than those who remain medication free. Implications of this literature for current clinical practice and future research are discussed in depth.

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DOI: 10.1016/0272-7358(95)00037-p

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