Kids’ Sleep and ADHD: What’s the Connection?

Interesting post for parents from Consumer Reports* today: If a kid is routinely
short on sleep, he may be at higher risk of behavior problems related
to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), according to a new study.

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Researchers looked at 280 healthy 7- and 8-year-old kids.
Parents recorded how much sleep their child got for seven days and noted
any factors that might have had an impact on sleep, such as travel or
illness. The kids
wore a device on their wrist called an actigraph, which logs sleep
duration by recording movement.

Parents also filled out questionnaires that described their child's sleep habits and rated their level of ADHD symptoms,
such as being hyperactive, impulsive or inattentive. Each child was
then given a score for each of these symptoms and an overall score for ADHD
symptoms.

Kids who averaged less than 7.7 hours
of sleep per night had higher levels of hyperactivity and impulsivity
than those who slept more. Check out the rest of the post here.

While you're there, spend some time nosing around Consumer Reports' Babies & Kids, Health and Safety blogs. Great stuff there for parents.

*Disclosure: I work for Consumer Reports as their social media reporter on Twitter. Follow me at @CReporter.

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One Response to “Kids’ Sleep and ADHD: What’s the Connection?”

  1. Jerri Ann says:

    I have been discussing this issue since way before I ever had my own children. I taught school, then I owned a daycare and I think that the lack of sleep my be the reason for discipline problems and in many cases, there may not be any reality to the ADHD diagnosis’s and in the first place - sleep deprivation can kill you. I personally have a horrible sleeping disorder coupled with sleep apnea and I can tell you, sleep deprivation is the devil and I truly believe that at least 50% of the ADD and ADHD diagnosis’s are merely the result of sleep deprivation. Just my opinion….