My Nap Study – Does your child have trouble sleeping and have a diagnosis of ADHD?

  • email: or telephone 07 3381 1597

The research team is part of an international group of researchers from Mater Children’s Hospital, Brisbane; The University of Queensland, Brisbane; and The University of Alberta, Canada. It is led by Dr Jane Nikles (UQ), Prof Geoff Mitchell (UQ), A/Prof Honey Heussler (Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital) and Dr Hugh Senior (UQ).


What is the MY NAP study about?

We are undertaking a study to look at the effectiveness of Melatonin in helping children go to sleep; particularly those children who have a diagnosis of ADHD and are currently on medication.

This study is designed in a way that it can help provide information for individuals, and also group information. This information could be useful in determining if melatonin has a significant effect on sleep for your child.

Results from this study can be given to your doctor to help in treatment planning for your child.
This study is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).


Who is eligible to take part in this study?

Children between the ages of 6 – 17 years;
Who have a diagnosis of ADHD
Who are treated for their ADHD with Stimulants such as Ritalin, Dexamphetamine etc.
Who have trouble sleeping
If you are already on Melatonin this is OK


What would be involved?

If you are interested in taking part in the study, please contact the research assistant
via email: or telephone 07 3381 1597 for further information and to confirm your child’s eligibility.

In the first phase, you would be asked to initially complete some questionnaires and be given information about healthy sleeping habits. Your child’s sleeping activity would be monitored for two weeks.

At the end of the two weeks, your child would be given the medication (either melatonin or a placebo) for 1 week blocks, for six weeks. During the six weeks, you would be asked to keep a sleep diary and complete more questionnaires. Your child will wear an activity watch to help us measure their sleep activity.


CLICK HERE to download the My Nap Study Information Leaflet

*Also includes more information on ADHD and Melatonin

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