“Sleep and the ADHD Brain: Why It’s Critical and How to Get More” [podcast episode #239]
Sleep is vitally important for brain development and learning in children, teens, and adults with ADHD — yet few of us get enough. Tune in to hear Joel Nigg, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Super, M.D., review the optimal amount by life stage, and offer solutions to common sleep challenges.
Listen to “Sleep and the ADHD Brain: Why It’s Critical and How to Get More” with Joel Nigg, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Super, M.D.
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Sleep problems are highly correlated with ADHD, but there remains confusion about why they overlap and the best practices to address them in children. What’s more, professionals often neglect to consider sleep problems when assessing a child or adult for ADHD, and parents too often overlook the vital role that sleep plays in healthy attention and brain development.
We know that children with ADHD are at high risk for secondary sleep problems or behavioral problems when going to bed and waking up. Less is known about the true incidence of primary or biologically driven sleep problems in patients with ADHD. What we do know is that concerns over sleep are very different in teens than in pre-adolescent children — and different again in adults. The good news is, sleep challenges correctly identified at any stage of life, are usually resolved pretty quickly.
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- “Well done! As an adult with ADHD and sleep problems, after this webinar, I’m tempted to search for the hidden location of the recorder in my house because it seemed that the content was so familiar. There were behaviors and even thoughts that I was unaware of having! Good job, guys!”
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Related recommended resources:
- Free Download: Sound Sleep Solutions for Kids with ADHD
- Exercise and Sleep: The Better Brain Therapies Your Child Needs
- End the ‘I Can’t Sleep’ Cycle of Exhaustion
- How Sleeplessness Looks a Lot Like ADHD
- What Comes First: ADHD or Sleep Problems?
This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on November 28, 2018.
Joel Nigg, Ph.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.
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Updated on July 15, 2021