adhd

ADHD

Research shows that untreated sleep disorders in children can lead to impaired working memory, reduced levels of wakefulness, and symptoms like that of Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Below are a few questions you can ask your child if you suspect he or she may have an underlying sleep disorder.

  • Do you snore or stop breathing during sleep?
  • Do you seem sleepy or hyperactive during the day?
  • Do you wake up multiple times at night?
  • Do you need to wiggle your legs to get comfortable at sleep time?
  • Do you kick or move your legs after falling asleep?
  • Does it take you longer than 30 minutes to fall asleep?
  • Do you sleep less than 8 hours on school nights?
  • Do you have any behaviors during sleep, such as walking, hitting, screaming, acting out dreams, or kicking?

If you answered Yes to 2 or more questions you may have an underlying sleep disorder.

What Daytime Symptoms do I Look For?

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Impaired vigilance
  • Inattention
  • Difficulty in controlling impulsive reactions
  • Memory problems