For some kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), stimulant medications used to control symptoms may keep them from getting the sleep they need, a new research review confirms.
Cole Mariano used to be one of them. The 11-year-old has a prescription to treat his ADHD, and while he is now able to fall asleep at night, that wasn’t always the case.
“I would come in crying to my mom and dad’s room and be like, ‘I can’t go to sleep. I want to sleep, but I can’t,'” he told CBS News.
He’s not alone. The new analysis, published in the journal Pediatrics, addressed decades of conflicting evidence on the topic, and found that children on these medications take significantly longer to fall asleep, have poorer quality sleep and sleep for shorter periods.