ADHD Stimulants Linked to Sleep Problems in Children

Child sleeping
Child sleeping
Methylphenidate medications like Ritalin and amphetamines like Adderall cause sleep problems.

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.

This article originally appeared on Psychiatry Advisor

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