“Sleep-focused treatment improves mood and quality of life in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,” reports Psychiatric News, covering a presention by Dalhousie University researcher Penny Corkum at a meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research Society.
Corkum said in the presentation that children with ADHD are two to three times more likely to have trouble sleeping and that has negative effects on them. “In research reported at the meeting, she and colleagues assessed sleep in 30 children newly diagnosed with ADHD and 30 age- and sex-matched typically developing controls,” reports Psychiatric News. “The children’s mean age was about 8.5. At baseline, children with ADHD took 47 minutes to fall asleep in the sleep laboratory, while controls took 24 minutes. Children with ADHD slept about 30 minutes less than controls.”
Corkum’s research team then experimented with the effects of both placebo and medications, reports Psychiatric News. “In a four-week medication trial, the researchers gave the 30 children with ADHD either a standard single daily morning dose of methylphenidate or a placebo, in random order for two weeks.” The children took longer to fall asleep and slept less when taking the stimulant than when taking the placebo; however, reports Psychiatric News, “parents and teachers said their behavior improved.”
Children With ADHD Benefit From Sleep-Focused Treatment (Psychiatric News, September 19, 2014. DOI: 10.1176/appi.pn.2014.9a11)