After over 30 years of investigating ADHD Drugs, a new series of studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln concluded that using stimulant drugs for ADHD patients can cause sleep disorders in children. After much controversy in the scientific community about this topic, on November 23 the university revealed their evidence that stimulant drugs cause sleeping difficulties.
According to the published journal released by University of Nebraska-Lincoln, they’ve found evidence that children taking stimulant drugs for their ADHD developed poor sleeping habits. These children take longer to fall asleep or they sleep for shorter periods of time.
Most children and teenagers suffering from ADHD become impulsive, hyperactive and are unable to focus. Because of this, these patients were given stimulant drugs to control their symptoms. The most common stimulant drugs prescribed by doctors are Ritalin and Adderall.
Ritalin and Adderall were only two of the leading stimulant drugs showing side effects on children’s sleep patterns. Researchers also found that sleep disorders are often worse for boys than girls. The researchers were unable to discern the effect of varying doses on sleeping disorders.
Sleep deprivation can negatively affect one’s cognitive development and way of thinking. It can also cause irritability, unclear thinking, and mood swings. Sleep deprivation can affect children’s behavior dramatically; therefore, these specialists are recommending parents try behavioral therapy instead of drugs.
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