Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects countless children throughout the country. Unfortunately, health professionals aren’t sure why some kids develop the disorder, while others do not. Some researchers have focused on potential environmental factors, such as petroleum-based food dyes, as potential causes of ADHD; while others have looked for genetic links.
Although experts still don’t know exactly what causes excessive hyperactivity in certain children, a new study suggests poor sleep could play a role.
Sleep and ADHD
A recent study presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies’ 25th Anniversary Meeting shed new light on why some kids may develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In conducting its study, a research team analyzed the sleeping habits of more than 6,000 young children. In the end, they determined that subjects who slept less were far more likely to develop inattention and hyperactivity problems by the time they entered school. Usually, ADHD isn’t diagnosed until this time; however, excessive hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention typically develop much earlier.
Why Some Kids Don’t Sleep
Health professionals have found that kids who suffer from ADHD tend to sleep much less than children who are developing normally. Sleep difficulties can be rooted in a variety of issues, such as emotional pain, childhood trauma and lifestyle habits. In certain situations, an underlying sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, could also be to blame.
Daytime drowsiness, snoring and frequent waking are all potential symptoms of sleep apnea. If you are concerned that your young child may be suffering from this disorder, don’t hesitate to see a pediatric specialist who can make a diagnosis and give you options for treatment. Contact Dr. Berry online or call (303) 691-0267 today.