ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention or impulsivity that interferes development and functioning.
ADHD can appear as early as between the ages 3 and 6 and continue through the adolescent and adulthood as well.
Scientists weren’t sure about the causes of ADHD in spite of many researches.
But a latest research states that many people with ADHD have problems with their sleep. They end up sleeping at odd times or late hours and have & get less sleep on an overall basis.
These are some of the observations from the various recent researches in ADHD.
- Children may have higher rates of daytime sleepiness.
- 50% of children suffering from ADHD had signs of sleep disordered breathing compared to only 22%of children without ADHD.
- There can be restless leg syndrome.
An estimated 11% of children between 4 and 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the report by the Centres for disease control and prevention.
In general sleep deprivation is a problem in the U.S. amongst children.
Two thirds of children in the U.S. suffer from one or more sleep problems.
The behaviour of children and adults are different as a result of sleepiness.
- Children may end up becoming emotional or aggressive.
- Adults Tend to become too lethargic and lifeless.
Further, according to the report by Centres for disease control and prevention, ADHD occurs more in boys than girls but the prevalence amongst both shall remain the same.
The consequences of ADHD if ignored is pathetic and irreversible to some extent.
Some of the possible consequences are:
- Emotional issues, mood swings
- Drug addiction or addiction to smoking and alcohol
- Poor performance in career.
- Lack of interest in any actions
- Too much of aggression and short temperedness
It is very essential to treat if your child is suffering or having any of these symptoms.
Some ways to treat are-
- Prescribed stimulant medication
- Behavioural Therapy or psychotherapy
- Consumption of nutritious food
- Sound sleep
- Regular exercise, preferably Walking in the mornings to breathe in some fresh oxygen
Some parents avoid medication or psychotherapy because they feel it would insult them and their image.
Many parents ignore this problem and regret later when things go out of control.
But it’s always advisable to all parents to take this matter seriously and ensure their kids aren’t living a lifeless life.