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How do get my adhd child to go to bed at night without a big fuss!

He is eight and hates sleepin by hisself and is never tired


Asked by Anonymous at 10:32 PM on Apr. 18, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Set a routine and make bedtime something to look forward to. Hide a bedtime book in his bedroom. Make a game and tell him to find it. Read the book to him (about bedtime and will help him understand what he should be doing). Put in a audio tape (not DVD). When kids have to listen rather than watch, they can close their eyes making it easier to fall asleep and will keep his mind off having to go to bed. Let him know that he cannot get up and if he will not play the hide the book game the next evening nor will he get to listen to the audio book on tape. Get several books and tape so he doesnt get bored with it. Here is a link for the books 


    Answer by momjs at 1:49 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Well I have a daughter that has the same thing.SHE IS ON MEDS.Plus i give her a nice warm bath befor she goes to bed.It help her some.Plus i do not give her alot of suger.

    Answer by Laurakenny10 at 11:41 PM on Apr. 18, 2009

  • Here is the link for the audio books on Listening Library  (go to the bottom of the page for the Listening Library link).  Audio books are great for bedtime and in the car (travel or just running errands...since kids need to be quiet to hear what is being said.)


    Answer by momjs at 1:52 AM on Apr. 19, 2009

  • Melatonin. My daughter has never slept well (she hasn't been diagnosed yet, starts kindergarten in the fall) and when we moved into this apartment our new downstairs neighbor complained about hearing her up all night, so we had to do something and finally resorted to that after doing a little research. My other neighbor's son has add and she was saying how hard it was for her son to go to sleep, so I told her about using melatonin, and she asked his doctor and he said it was a great idea. Now he goes to bed without a hassle, and she can actually get him up in the morning now. Also, because he's finally getting a good nights sleep, he has a slightly better attention span at school. That and a good routine might help.


    Answer by jemm at 10:42 AM on Apr. 19, 2009