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ADHD Children Likely to Have Underlying Sleep Problems

Treating underlying sleep disorders may ease ADHD symptoms.

Friday May 8th - 11:37am

ADHD children often struggle to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have sleep problems--regardless of the severity of their symptoms, according to a study in the May 1 issue of the journal SLEEP.

The study, from the College of Medicine and Public Health, National Taiwan University, found that 17 percent of children with ADHD were currently suffering from primary insomnia, versus 7 percent of controls. Nightmare disorder affected 11 percent of children with ADHD and versus 5 percent of controls. The presence of at least one comorbid condition also increases the risks for insomnia and nightmares.

In addition, symptoms may be exaggerated by sleep disorders, so treating the underlying sleep disorder may improve ADHD symptoms, say the study authors.

Read more about the study.

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