Desperately Seeking Sleep? Remedies to Save Parents' Sanity

Every night doesn’t have to be so hard! Use these parent-tested sleep remedies to get kids with ADHD off to sleep without hours of back-rubbing, story reading, or persistent arguing.

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Sleep Aids for Parents of Hyperactive Children with ADHD © istockphoto/matmart

You whisper, “ Sleep well , honey,” as you shut off the light. You close the bedroom door, and head off to your easy chair. And your child sleeps soundly through the night, waking up refreshed the next morning. For many of us with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this scenario is a dream that hasn’t come true – yet.

A good night's sleep is vital to your child’s mood and brain function. Studies show that not getting enough rest can worsen ADHD symptoms, leading to loss of emotional control. It can also adversely affect working memory , a problem many of our children suffer from.

What to do? Try some of these ADHD sleep remedies , all of which I have used successfully with my own children, one of whom has ADHD. These strategies got me – and them – through the night.

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