Sleep Problems in Attention Deficiency and Hyperactivity Disorder
Children with ADHD are more likely to experience sleep problems
Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder is a behavioral disorder in childhood. Children with ADHD have problems sitting, concentrating and sharing. They may also have trouble falling asleep. All of these can cause chronic sleep deficiency, and more importantly, these symptoms may be more severe in children with ADHD.
ADHD and Sleep Disorders
Children of all age groups are adversely affected by sleep problems, but these problems are more common in children with ADHD. Research shows that children with ADHD are more prone to sleep problems:
Insomnia and ADHD:
Because children with ADHD have competing thoughts in their minds, this may prevent them from falling asleep. Even if they fall asleep, they may have problems sleeping as much as they want. Other sleep disturbances, such as sleep apnea (a disease caused by respiratory pauses during sleep, causing sleep disorder) may prevent children from having a continuous sleep. Depending on these problems, children will be drowsy during the daytime and all these will cause other behavioral problems.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome:
Children with this syndrome cannot go to bed before midnight or early in the morning. No alarm set up is useless and they have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. When they get out of bed, they get angry and aggressive, and they have problems in waking up.
Restless Legs Syndrome:
Studies show that there is a relationship between restless leg syndrome and ADHD. Restless legs syndrome is the involuntary movement of the feet and may cause sleep disruptions and daytime insomnia.
Dealing with sleep disorders in children with ADHD
Research shows that 70% of children with ADHD have sleep problems, so it is very important to carefully observe the symptoms of children and apply to a health facility when needed. If your child has a sleep problem, he or she may need care. Treatment of sleep problems will help reduce behavioral symptoms in children.