Sleeping Disorders Related to ADHD.

In Sleep Disorders

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.

By improving a child’s sleeping schedule and getting them help with sleeping disorders, should improve their focus and ability to stay on task in school and other social situations without the use of medication. Do you have kids that have ADHD? Has your child been misdiagnosis with ADHD? Thanks for checking out the intelliBED blog. Check out a related blog Bonding with your Child Before Bed. Comment below or join the conversation on our Facebook Page  or Tweet #intelliBED on Twitter. Thank you for helping intelliBED perfect the science of sleep.

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