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Could some ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.

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ADHD Sleep Disorder?

Sleep is vital to health. There are a number of health-related problems that stem from insufficient sleep. There has even been a Nobel Prize for research into the body’s Circadian Rhythm and sleep. So often we look for a pharmaceutical fix when there may be another mechanism at work. Could there be an ADHD Sleep Disorder?

A new study suggests that people with ADHD tend to fall asleep later and get less sleep, with consequences for behavior and attention.

What if, as a growing number of researchers are proposing, many kids today simply aren’t getting the sleep they need, leading to challenging behaviors that mimic ADHD?

That provocative and controversial theory has been gaining momentum in recent years, with several studies suggesting strong links between ADHD and the length, timing and quality of sleep. In an era in which even toddlers know the words Netflix and Hulu, when demands for perfectionism extend to squirmy preschoolers and many elementary-age students juggle multiple extracurricular activities each day, one question is whether some kids are so stimulated or stressed that they are unable to sleep as much or as well as they should.

Source: Could some ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.

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