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ADHD and Sleep Disorders

Updated: Aug 18

Are we mistakenly diagnosing ADHD in our kids?


In the past years, there have been several studies demonstrating that ADHD symptoms are often linked with sleeping issues - and this connection is especially apparent in children when sleep disorders can be misdiagnosed. And this is happening during the crucial years for brain development.


When a child has a poor quality of sleep for years, the result is an unrested brain and a child who has trouble learning, keeping still, behaving and cooperating.


Sleep-disordered breathing refers to a spectrum of conditions, including snoring, where normal breathing is compromised during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most serious forms of sleep-disordered breathing.


The symptoms of snoring and particularly of OSA can be very similar to the symptoms of ADHD: distractedness and difficulty focusing, emotional reactivity and moodiness, hyperactivity, impulsivity, restlessness, and daytime tiredness.


What is the most common treatment? You give the child drugs.


If you or a family member have been suspected of ADHD, investigate your/their sleep, including a functional dental examination that assesses mouth breathing and OSA.


Good sleep needs a well-functioning airway.


Dr. Ben Miraglia is a dentist from New York, and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics.






#ADHD #Sleepapnea #Breathingdisorders

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