Does Parental Distress impact CARETAKERs' sleep?

One thing is for certain: parental distress can impact not only your child's sleep quality and sleep quantity but both of these aspects of your sleep as well. Effective stress management is a critical component to improving your family's quality of  life.  

  • Sleep Quality
  • Sleep Quantity
  • Severity of ADHD Symptoms
  • Dosage and administration of ADHD Medications
  • Parenting stress
  • Various environmental factors
  • Diversity factors and health disparities

key adhd indicators 


Children and Adults with ADHD (CHADD), National Resource on ADHD:

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

National Sleep Foundation:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

the three types of adhd are known as....

Inattentive Type, Hyperactive Type and Combined Type.  Although children's symptoms can surface at the age of three, most are diagnosed around the school-age of seven.

An initiative HU's Psychology Department started to learn more about ADHD's impact on sleep quality/sleep quantity of both child and caretaker, in relation to the child's medication status. We also compare the experiences of these children to youth who do not have an ADHD diagnosis. Online questionnaires are utilized so that participants nationwide can join in. Our ultimate goal is to help improve quality of life for families dealing with ADHD.

  • Inability to sustain attention for long periods of time
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Challenges with listening
  • Trouble following multi-step instructions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty with organizing, planning, and staying on tasks

Good sleep hygiene 

  • Lack of organization or daily routines typically leads to stress or feelings of anxiety
  • Lack of effective communication in the household between one's spouse and/or the children  
  • Unclear or loose boundaries that do not reinforce the parental hierarchy
  • Inconsistent punishment and reward systems 

         Parental distress Factors

key  variables in the study 

what are the benefits of good sleep hygiene, anyway?

Improved sleep translates to healthier outcomes overall.  Kids especially are more alert, attentive, less susceptible to being easily aggravated or irritated.  Good sleep does wonders for cognitive functions such as information processing, memory, and attention. 

  • Go to bed and wake up in the morning at the same time everyday
  • Avoid stimulating activity 1 hour before going to bed (i.e., watching television, playing video games, etc.)
  • Avoid eating right before going to bed
  • Dim lights and engage relaxation activities 1-1 1/2 hours prior to bedtime
  • Develop a routine

what is howard university's healthy kidz adhd research study?

ADHD and Sleep Research 

​ Improving the Quality of Life for Children with ADHD and Their Families