Children with ADHD extra-sensitive to loss of sleep

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Children with ADHD extra-sensitive to loss of sleep
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Fri, 03-04-2011 - 12:44pm

This article says that even less than 1 hour less sleep nightly for 6 days can make the ADHD symptoms worse.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2011/03/03/not-enough-sleep-disruptive-for-adhd-kids/24083.html

Wow. Add that to these other articles about sleep loss triggering ADHD, connections between sleep and ADHD (here and here) and how critical sleep is (here) - well, no wonder my little girl got (mis)diagnosed with it. Her sleep was awful. Got me thinking about my little brother. He has ADHD and also had enlarged tonsils. He quit getting so sick after getting them out as an adult. Of cousre that did not "cure" his ADHD. He turned that into an asset in his adult career. :smileyhappy:

It is nearly impossible to always get "the right" amount of sleep even in "NT" (neurotypical) kids.


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Registered: 04-19-2008
Some kids have trouble sleepuing, and it can make ADHD symptoms worse, however , lack of sleep does not cause ADHD. Tonsils do not cause ADHD. Some kids require more or less sleep than others, it really depends on the child
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Registered: 05-02-2004

But this is why it is so important to have a schedule, and to have doctors rule this out as a cause. I know some kids with these issues that have so totally irregular schedules, but the parents just don't get it - that it is making things so much harder for the kids.