Updated 17 December 2015

Action point


Stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall that are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can keep some kids awake at night, a new research review confirms.

On average, the more often a child took a stimulant during the day, the longer it took to fall asleep at night.

Ways to address this was to help the child establish a good sleeping routine but if that doesn't help, to discuss this with the child's physician.

One way to address that could be to switch to an extended-release formula of the medication, taken once early in the day.

Their doctor may also be able to switch the medication, or adjust the dose or timing of the doses.

Head on over to our ADHD Centre for more on managing the condition.