My 9.5 yr old son who has ADHD cant sleep...HELP

Kelly - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My 9.5 yr old son has a hard time getting to sleep at night he is up some mornings until 2 am! At the end of my rope! Please any suggestions are welcomed..

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Michelle - posted on 05/27/2009

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my son is on clondine its good hes 10 years old ,he stayed up around the clock ,now hes great ...

Julie - posted on 07/02/2012

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First, If he is on ADHD Meds then this is a common side effect. 2am means he is probably on to high of a dose. Ask your doctor if you can decrease the milligrams to see if it helps. He also has to take the meds FIRST thing, or he will be up LATE. Last, I buy my 10 year old with ADHD Chewable Melatonin Tabs @ Trader Joe's They are Mint flavor, (2mlg) and he only needs one, every once in a great while. Good luck!

Melatonin is actually a hormone, not a vitamin. But either way, it is a holistic approach to falling asleep when all else fails.

Bobbie Jo - posted on 06/17/2009

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I have a set of twins who have multiple problems from growth to ADHD, OCD, bipolar! And they are both on medications, my youngest however, would not go to sleep at all he would lay in bed all night litterally! He would whine! We had tried perscriptions such as serquel from his therapist, however the body gets immune to that and it then will not work as well and had reverse side affects on him, he in returned became very aggresive, we took him off of that and decided to try melatonin. This is an all natural vitamin you get over the counter, I buy it at Walmart, and it works! My sister also takes it too, however his twin does not respond so good with it, he is on a prescription that seems not to work either but he just lays in bed until he falls asleep. Every child is different, but I know as a mother you do not want to give your child so many drugs that is why I suggest melatonin. My son is 10 years old and he takes a 3mg tablet every night about 30 minutes before bed! He sleeps so well and he can see the difference if he doesnt get it. Good luck and let us know!

Angela - posted on 06/16/2009

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My 7 yr old never slept through the night a day in his life until we found the right meds for him. He's been on Risperdal since November and he's been sleeping through the night daily since. He goes to sleep much easier too.I don't know how you feel about meds. But we were resistant. Finally gave in and it's been good for him. Finally sleeping well has also lead to his ADHD symptoms calming down some, which is what the dr predicted.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/15/2009

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My ten year old son is also on seroquel to help him sleep and he sleeps ten hours a night with a 50 mg dose and wakes with no drogginess, he is on Strattera and Abilify for Anxiety, ODD and ADHD. I hope this helps!



I have found with my eight year old daughter that has severe adhd, that as long as she is on a extended release med she sleeps well at night.

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Melody - posted on 07/02/2012

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hi there i have a son that is 12 he had the same problem had to take him to the doctor and we had to try diffrent sleep meds for him until we found one that workered sleeping disorders are very common with adhd kids and kids with add the meds that they are put on to controll the add and adhd depending on when they take them are the cause of the sleeping problems try neletone first it is all natureal if thaT DOES not work then time for doctor
good luck

Nerissa - posted on 06/17/2009

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i have been there. let me start with my son has nf type 1, autsium, and AD/HD. he is O.C.D. he would go to bed at 9pm and was up at 12:15 am. everynight for 1 and half yrs. and then i said i cant deal with so i took him to the doctor. the doctor told i was crazy and but me on med's ( i did not take them) i found a new doctor and he had me keep a sleep dairy for 3 months we went back and they but him on clonidine . it is for blood pressure but he only takes 1 half of a 0.1 mg so it is just the right amount to help him sleep and now he sleeps from 9pm until 6 am. but if we run out and the pharmacy is out then we have a week of no sleep

Janna - posted on 06/17/2009

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Melatonin. It's the only natural thing that works. My 12 year old son (150 lbs) takes a 5 mg tablet 30 mins prior to bed. Works like a charm.

Ericka - posted on 06/17/2009

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I agree with Laura. My son is 11 and has been taking melatonin for some time.

It works great if he is already in a calm state. Doesn't work as well if he is all geared up.

I would deffintily talk to the doctor and see what they say.

Melody - posted on 06/16/2009

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What medicashion is your son on that may be the problem i have a son that is ADHD and had the same trouble i all so put him on omega 3 and that helps a little you need to talk to a doctor to melody

Candi - posted on 06/14/2009

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i hear you , my daughter just started meds for adhd and she gets a meds for sleeping, talk to your dr. . i know aderall { not sure of the spelling} and some other meds, one of the side effect is sleep lost, which she always had since she a was a tot, she'll go to bed around 2 if not later and get up with the sun rise. i hope all works out well for you

Lisa - posted on 06/14/2009

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my son that is grown has adhd and we use benadryl on the advice of his doctor it worked when other stronger meds didn't God bless u i remember those night our son told us sleep was something we made up and for us to show him in a book where it said u had to sleep. that was our life

Elizabeth - posted on 06/02/2009

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My son had to start taking Seroquel to help him sleep at night, he is ten and it has helped with no drogginess in the morning, he is on the smallest dose possible. My daughter who has always been on extended release adhd meds, has never had a problem sleeping unlike my son who is not on extended release meds.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2009

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My son is 10 now and has asperger. sleep has been an issue all his life until I used meditation. This is the same procedure every night.- " There is a star in space just for you. What colour is it tonight? NOw picture the star gettin bigger and bigger with light. the light is now beaming down to your bed and entering your body from your head right down to your toes. The light is now lifting your body up from your bed into space. "



After this beginning, I then take him on a journey e.g. a cloud ride to his own special garden. The garden is a safe place protected by angels who guard him during the night. When he reaches the garden, his angels hug him and he tells them about his thoughts or his day. He then enters his garden with whomever he wishes to take with him. You start him on an adventure and he finishes it in his mind. This is the only thing that has worked for us. It takes time to get comfortable with and for it to work, but my story telling has improved and my son expresses himself better. When he'd wake up during the night, I would get him started again with his own imagination. He does not wake up any more through the night.

Danielle - posted on 05/28/2009

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Hi. I have a 3.5 year old boy who is Autistic and has ADHD....used to be the perfect sleeper until 18 months ago. Our paed put him on clonidine and I find it helps, though it doesn't keep him asleep. We also use Vallergan Forte, which helps him to stay asleep. I also heard others that have had success with Melatonin, which is the next on our to-do list if our son keeps waking. Good luck!!

Denise - posted on 05/27/2009

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welcome to my world my boy is 8 and still dosnt have a good night sleep,

we have tryied lots of night medication at the moment he is on vallergan forte,,great he sleeps i have slept,,

we did try melitonin,and some others but i recomend this,it calms him down,makes him realise that he is sleepy and he sleeps nearly until morning

good luck

Julie - posted on 05/27/2009

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My son is now 12 years old with ODD, mild intellectual disorders and depression, When he was lil he slept good until he was 2, everybody actually thought he sleep to much, well since then he has slept much at all maybe 4 hours a night and a good night will be around 6 or 7 hours. I was also told to just use over the counter melatonin. He really doesnt like taking meds so I usually try to hide it in a drink or ice cream near bedtime. With giving him the melatonin I was told to give only 1 tablet of 3 mg.

Colleen - posted on 05/26/2009

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My son uses clonidine and it helps, but I have also heard other that have had success with Melatonin. Melatonin is not a prescription.

Abigail - posted on 05/25/2009

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Melatonin is great! I have 2 boys with ADHD and sleep issues and it works wonders for them. Always, always talk to your doc before trying a medication. Melatonin is a chemical your body produces and it can be purchased over the counter at almost any pharmacy and at many grocery stores. We use it Sunday - Thursday and give them a break from it on the weekends. We found that if we use it 7 nights a week, it stops working as well.



Start with a low dose, like 1 mg and go from there. At 10 and 12 my boys use 3 mg.

Laura - posted on 05/22/2009

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I know you will think this is weird. However, it does work. I have a child that has a hard time sleeping due to a medical reason. His doctor told me to try Dried cherries. You can buy them in the raisen section of your store. It works because the cherries have melatonin (spelling may be wrong) in them. it is a natural way for you to try and help your child. Please do not give them to him if he has a allergey to cherries. I hope this advise helps you out. If you have any questions call your child's doctor and ask them for help.

Eileen - posted on 05/22/2009

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Hi Kelly~

My 6 yr. old son who also has ADHD was having the same problem due to the medication he's on(Adderall). His therapist recently gave him clonadine and he now is asleep at the latest 9pm.He wasn't going to bet til midnight before!!! So I would talk to your son's dr. or therapist and try that !!! Good Luck!!! Eileen Coyne

Ali - posted on 05/22/2009

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My daughter has down syndrome and autism and is on a few meds for other medical problems. We give her Benedryl (over the counter) to get to sleep at night and it does the trick. We tried melatonin too but it didn't work for her but have heard others say it works great. I would definitely check with your doctor before giving anything -even plain old over the counter meds. I checked with her pediatrician before starting the benedryl. Good luck. I know what it is like to have a sleep deprieved child and be a sleep deprieved mom too!!!

Deana - posted on 05/22/2009

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My son has Autism and has trouble sleeping also i do the melatonin with him..He is 3 yr. old and takes no more then 3mg for his age and it natural your body makes it some people just don't make enough to help there body settle down from day to night so it will help them settle..I myself have no problems with it at all and it had help my son but have heard from others it didn't work for them so everyone is different.good luck..

Maureen - posted on 05/22/2009

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This might not be an answer, but at least it would be encouragement that you are not the only one struggling! My seven year old son with SID never slept through until after age 5 and the past two years we have come to some compromises...It was difficult in the beginning, but we decided we all went to bed at the same time as Daniel as he was scared of missing out on something and since waiting for him to be tired enough became useless. We also moved his bed into his grandpa's room(his rock in his life!), since that was the only place he felt comfortable enough to sleep, with the arrangement that he needed to first try and sleep in his own bed and can then get up after a little while...I can remember milions of nights of building blocks or even jumping trampolene, singing songs and trying to read books...He still wakes up round three in the morning and then comes to look for some sensory imput...I know the suggestions made to us includes watching the diet(sugers,chemicals, etc), eating habbits (no eating or drinking after surtain hours etc), enough stimulation of the senses durig the day and warm baths, aroma therapy and reading just before bedtime. What I found that worked with Daniel was basic yoga. I am not a boffin at it, but he joint me and it seemed to calm him and sleep came easier. At least I got to practise at coping with little sleep with Daniel, since both his sisters (age 4 and 2) seem to follow in his footsteps! (and yoga doesnt help this time round!) Good luck to finding the answer and if you do, please keep me posted!

Laura - posted on 05/22/2009

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I agree with Laura below. You need to talk to your Doctor. It may depend on the current meds he is on (if any). I don't have any issue with mine (Bi-polar and ADHD) as he is on Seroquel, which he takes at night. But he is up VERY early in the morning.

Laura - posted on 05/21/2009

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This is tricky, some doctors will prescribe medication and some will not. If your doctor will you can try asking for clonidine. My son is bipolar, ODD and ADD and has trouble sleeping. If your doctor will not prescribe medication you can try melatonin. It is a pill form the the melatonin that is naturally produced in our bodies to help induce sleep. Before being prescibed the clonidine, I used the melatoin and it helped him fall asleep but is not successful in staying asleep (at least with my son). Every child is different. Melatonin can be purchase at your local drug store and some grocery store carry it. You should be able to find it in the vitamin isle. Hope it helps. God I remember those nights that my son didn't fall asleep until 2 am... I know exactly how you feel.

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