The study reported on in the article “Acute impact of immediate release methylphenidate administered three times a day on sleep in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (Corkum, Panton, Ironside, Macpherson, & Williams, 2008) found a significant reduction in total sleep time of almost an hour with medication compared to the no medication baseline, using actigraphy; this change was mostly due to an increase in sleep onset latency. In spite of this reduction in sleep, the medication was effective in reducing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in these children….
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