July 16, 2012
New research may suggest that sleeping disorders
may contribute to behavior that resembles ADHD during the day according to a pediatric psychologist in Kansas City, Missouri. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of all of these symptoms. According to
WebMD ADHD symptoms
may begin in early childhood but they can also start as late as, and may continue into adulthood. ADHD and ADD symptoms can cause problems at home, at school, at work and in relationships with friends and family. A study done at Children’s Mercy Hospital
in Kansas City, MO involving 11,000 children over a period of six years has uncovered stunning new results that indicate that problems sleeping may cause symptoms of ADHD and ADD. The study found that children who have sleeping disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea
are as much as 90% more likely to suffer from ADHD symptoms. Not getting enough sleep at night can leave children hyperactivity, aggressiveness, depression and anxiety. Children who snore perform significantly worse on tests of attention in a controlled situation, language abilities, and overall intelligence tests. Some studies have shown that taking out the tonsils and adenoids may result in better sleep
and improved behavior without the need for medications.