An Intervention to Promote Sleep and Reduce ADHD Symptoms

Katherine H. Peppers, DNP, CPNP, CPMHS, RN; Shelly Eisbach, PhD, RN, PMHNP; Sarah Atkins, MD, MPH; James M. Poole, MD, FAAP; Anne Derouin, DNP, CPNP, RN


J Pediatr Health Care. 2016;30(6):e43-e48. 

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Children with ADHD benefit from standardized sleep assessments. Those with sleep disorders show both a significant improvement in sleep quality and a significant reduction in ADHD symptoms when provided with a patient-specific sleep hygiene routine and follow-up. Our outcomes align with the current literature and further validate the recommendation for behavior modification as the first-line treatment for sleep difficulties in children with ADHD. Future research will involve implementing this project across our remaining clinic sites, developing the standardized video in the Spanish language, and using technology to promote the continuation of the clinical practice change.