ADHD and Sleep

by on January 5th, 2012 at 7:00 am

According to a research abstract which was presented at the 25th meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS), lack of sleep in adolescence may have a direct link to ADHD symptoms. Around 6,680 children were analyzed and the results showed that lack of sleep in pre-school aged children was a predictor for inattentive and hyperactive problems during kindergarten.  The ratings of amount of sleep and inattentive/hyperactive problems were reported by the children’s parents.

The findings show that children who have a lack of sleep in early life have a higher risk of developing ADHD symptoms. According to the researchers, ADHD is usually not diagnosed until grade school; however, the onset of ADHD can be detected much earlier in life. It has been known that children with ADHD have a difficult time falling asleep.  This study is the first to link pre-school sleep patterns to the onset of inattentive/hyperactive problems.

What does all this mean for parents? For starters, make sure your child gets enough sleep! There are countless studies that show the benefits of sleep in adolescence. In fact, adequate sleep is also a predictor for higher test scores and positive development outcomes. So, turn off the TV and get your children to sleep a little earlier.

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