I’m sure most of us know a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD. Growing up in the 70’s (really dating myself), I had never heard of such a thing. But today there are indeed many children who are given this diagnosis.
As a certified child sleep consultant, I work with a lot of families who describe their child as “hyper” or who have actually been given the title ADHD. Often is the case that the child is terribly sleep deprived and hence hyperactive.
There is a clear connection between sleep deprivation and ADHD. In one study, 50% of children with a diagnosis of ADHD, had signs of sleep disordered breathing. While another study found that just by treating sleep problems, a child’s hyperactivity and inattention could disappear.
For children with ADHD, there is a possibility that they can also suffer from anxiety disorder, and within this diagnosis there can be:
- generalized anxiety disorder
- separation anxiety
- post- traumatic stress disorder
- obsessive-compulsive disorder
- panic disorder.
A study conducted by Emma Sciberras DPsych at the Murdoch Children’s Research Center in Parkville Australia, has shown that children who suffer with ADHD as well as at least two of the other of the disorders listed above, will experience a poorer quality of life, trouble with daily functioning and more behavioral problems.
In many cases, the symptoms of ADHD can be eliminated or at least minimized. Start by ensuring your child is well rested; getting the proper amount of sleep for his or her age. Hopefully this in turn will also minimize the risk of the debilitating disorders that have been found to accompany ADHD. As parents we naturally want the best for our children. Sleep training is one way to get our children off to a good start.
Angela Walsh is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant and the founder of Babes in Sleepland. She helps tired and stressed families get back on track by getting the sleep they need and desire. To learn more about Angela and how she can help you, please visit her website: babesinsleepland.com. Also get sleep tips from her Facebook page: Babes in Sleepland.
Have you ever noticed when your child has not been sleeping properly that they are hyper or more wound up?