Sleep Tips For Children with ADHD
Is Your Child Having Trouble Sleeping at Night?
One of the most common problems faced by children with ADHD is not getting enough sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has underscored the importance of sleep for kids with the disorder, explaining that those who don’t get enough sleep are most likely to perform poorly in school. Their ability to focus and pay attention deteriorates further with their lack of sleep.
It’s no question that parents of children with ADHD find bedtime to be quite dreadful. Some may even find themselves losing sleep, worried about their children.
If you are one such parent, here are effective ways on how you can help your little one develop a healthy sleeping pattern:
1. Commit to a schedule.
Following a schedule is extremely helpful for both parents and children. Plan a nighttime routine, and be sure to stick to it. Bear in mind that kids with ADHD work well with order and predictability.
2. Pick the most ideal time for sleep.
While adults only need six to eight hours of sleep, kids and young teens – especially those with ADHD – require more time. Here’s a guide from WebMD showing you the required number of sleeping hours of children based on age:
- 2-year-olds and below: 14 hours
- Preschoolers: 10 to 13 hours
- 12-year-olds and below: 9 to 11 hours
- Teenagers: 8 to 10 hours
3. Set an alarm.
Alarms are always a good idea to help anyone get out of bed at the right time. Make sure that you set your child’s wake-up time the same every day. That way, their body will be attuned to wake up on the fixed schedule.
4. Try aromatherapy.
Essential oils – particularly mandarin, chamomile, and lavender – are known to calm children with ADHD, or pretty much just about any individual with sleeping problems. Before putting your kid to sleep, place a generous amount of oil on a cotton ball and place it under their pillow. Let your child choose the scent they like best.
5. Make use of white noise.
White noise machines block out annoying noises within and outside the house, making them highly beneficial for kids with ADHD. An added advantage of the machine is that it can help your child wake up easily in the morning whenever you turn it off.
6. Limit screen time.
Many kids nowadays can’t spend a day without their gadgets and devices. If your child spends long hours at night watching television or playing computer games, it’s time you make some changes by limiting their screen use. Apparently, the blue light coming from monitors tricks the mind into thinking that it’s still time to be awake even when it’s already nearing midnight.
7. Switch medications.
A common side effect of ADHD medication is sleep deprivation, which explains your child’s sleeping habits. Ask your pediatrician for alternative options – whether it’s possible to change the dose, move the schedule, or perhaps even change the medication itself. Since these medicines are stimulants, you can try non-stimulant options suited for ADHD treatment.
8. Choose the right food.
Avoid feeding your child snacks and drinks with caffeine and those containing artificial ingredients that cause hyperactivity. Don’t allow them to take soda and chocolates in the afternoon and evening. Also, see to it that they don’t go to bed either on an empty or a full stomach.
9. Reduce anxiety.
Falling asleep is way much harder when our minds are filled with worrisome thoughts. Since about 25 percent of kids with ADHD are diagnosed with anxiety disorder, you might want to consult your pediatrician and ask whether their anxiety disorder could be one of the reasons for your child’s sleeping difficulties. Your child’s doctor might then recommend new treatment options.
10. Consider using a sleep supplement.
Melatonin combats insomnia and other sleep disorders. Your child’s body may not be producing enough melatonin, hence their inability to sleep soundly. Before purchasing a box of melatonin, however, ask your pediatrician if it’s safe for your child.
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