Are you a teenager or the parent of a teenager that struggles with regular sleep? Too much sleep, not enough sleep or irregular sleep habits? Not only can this lead to serious health problems, it’s a driver for ADHD.
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a term used to describe hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and/or impulsivity. It is a common condition that begins in childhood and may persist into adulthood. Those with ADHD typically have trouble sitting still, staying focused, and/or controlling their behavior and emotions, which can lead to lower social skills, isolation, dependence, and poor performance in school.
Not surprisingly, ADHD is linked with a variety of sleep problems. For example, one recent study found that children with ADHD had higher rates of daytime sleepiness than children without ADHD. Another study found that 50% of children with ADHD had signs of sleep disordered breathing, compared to only 20% of children without ADHD. Research also suggests that restless legs syndrome and periodic leg movement syndrome are also common in teens with ADHD.
Dealing with normal teen problems is hard enough. If you can’t get to sleep or stay asleep, or if you have trouble concentrating after not getting enough sleep, we can help. If any of this sounds like you or your teen, please contact us today via the short form below or call us at (913) 203-4040.