If my child has ADHD, is it possible that he has a sleep disorder?

This question was asked in Irvine, California on 03/27/2013.
If my child has ADHD, is it possible that he has a sleep disorder?

Doctors Answers (4)

Jana P. Kaimal, MD, FCCP
Answered on: 4/5/2013 7

According to recent research studies and the National Sleep Foundation, yes, ADHD is linked with a variety of sleep problem. For example, one recent study reported that children with ADHD have increased rates of daytime sleepiness than those without ADHD. Another study reported that 50% of children with ADHD had signs of sleep disordered breathing. This is compared to only 22% of children without ADHD. Additional research also suggests that restless legs syndrome and periodic leg movement syndrome commonly occur in children with ADHD.

Daron Scherr, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 4/5/2013 1

Yes. 80% of children with ADHD have sleep disorders.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 3/28/2013

Yes that is one of the first things to check for if ADHD is being considered. The child can have Sleep Apnea, Periodic Leg movements of Sleep, or any one of several conditions. Evaluation by a Board Certified Sleep Doctor is highly recommended.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 3/27/2013

Yes, ADHD is reported to be associated with more than one sleep disorder. The most common sleep disorders associated with ADHD include obstructive sleep apnea and Restless Legs Syndrome. After a diagnosis is made, treatment of the sleep disorder often corrects or results in improvement of the ADHD.