Is there a link between sleep disorders and ADHD in children?
Is there a link between sleep disorders and ADHD in children? Yes, there is. Disorders of sleep, such as obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and sleep deprivation can manifest during the day as hyperactivity and decreased attention, which are also the symptoms of ADHD. In fact, before putting a diagnosis of ADHD, these sleep disorders need to be ruled out first and a sleep study may be necessary. Moreover, 1 in 4 children with ADHD may also have obstructive sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.