ADHD & Sleep Complications
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a term to describe behaviors such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. It’s a common disorder that begins in childhood and can carry on into adulthood. We associate ADHD with an array of sleep complications, including:
- Sleep-disordered breathing
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD)
Children are the most common sufferers of ADHD. It can affect their behavior, causing emotions and problems to spill over into their everyday lives. If your child fidgets in school, quits paying attention due to distractions, or simply gets bored easily—these are signs that they may have ADHD.
ADHD: Signs & Symptoms
The symptoms of ADHD can appear in children as young as two years old. However, proper behavioral management can cause them to dissipate over time. For your convenience, here are some of the symptoms to look for in children who may be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
- Continuous daydreaming
- Being impatient and easily irritated
- Appearing not to listen
- Losing or forgetting things often
- Trouble focusing
- Problems organizing activities and responsibilities
- Excessive talking
- Difficulty following instructions
Fortunately, we can link many of the symptoms above to sleep deficiency. A full night’s rest is crucial for child development—regenerating brain cells and recovering from the previous day. ADHD is a possible reason for their compromised sleep at a young age.
Connecting ADHD & Sleep Deficiency
Over the years, researchers have found many links between ADHD and sleep issues in both children and adults. Furthermore, ADHD symptoms can be irritated by poor sleep quality. The cross between these two conditions is the reason why sleep apnea is so tricky to diagnose.
When children don’t get a good night’s rest, they typically become hyperactive, or more so than usual. As for adults, they can feel more fatigued and lacking energy.
Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that requires the assistance of a medical professional like Dr. Iregui. There are three types of sleep apnea that we recommend knowing to understand the link to ADHD: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), or Complex Sleep Apnea syndrome. These conditions can mask ADHD, especially in adults, so we encourage discussing this with your sleep specialist during screening for sleep-related problems.
Decrease ADHD & Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Dr. Iregui at SoundBridge Dental Arts & Sleep Therapy is a qualified sleep dentist who specializes in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Over the years, she has found how to differentiate ADHD and other sleep disorders. If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned above, we recommend contacting our office at 253-204-2643 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Iregui. She will make sure you or your child get a deserving night’s rest.