Does ADHD lead to sleep disturbances or do underlying sleep disorders lead to ADHD symptoms?

Sleep Disorders often cause symptoms consistent with ADHDRecent 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).

What are the Signs of an Underlying Sleep Disorder?

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