Does your child have trouble sleeping and has a diagnosis of ADHD?
An international team, led by researchers from The University of Queensland and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, is undertaking a study to look at the effectiveness of melatonin in helping children with ADHD who are experiencing sleep difficulties.
Children with ADHD can often have difficulty sleeping, as well as trying to settle down in the evening. This can be complicated by the stimulants used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and dexamphetamine.
Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by a part of the brain called the pineal gland. It is often described as the hormone of sleep and it helps to regulate other hormones and maintain the body’s circadian rhythm. Melatonin has been used in children to help with their sleep from time to time, but this scientific research will determine whether there is a true effect in individual children with ADHD who are taking stimulants.
You can become a ‘Sleep study for children with ADHD’ participant…
If you have:
* A child diagnosed with ADHD
* Who is aged between six and 17 years
* Currently being treated with stimulant medication (e.g. Ritalin, dexamphetamine)
* Experiencing sleep difficulties, particularly getting to sleep
* It is OK if your child is currently on melatonin.
This study (known as the MyNap study) could be useful in determining if melatonin offers relief for your child's sleep difficulties.
Participants can be from anywhere within Australia, and will be followed up through post, email and phone.
Click here to download the research flier outline.