Thursday, December 17, 2009

Giving Attention to Childhood Attention Problems

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental disorder that can cause impulsiveness, hyperactivity and inattention. It affects an estimated five to 10 percent of school-aged kids.

In an article on, Dr. Nina Shapiro discussed the possible link between ADHD and sleep apnea.

Sleep restores the mind and body. It improves memory, concentration and attention. Sleep’s healing abilities lead some people to believe that ADHD could be tied to sleep deprivation.

Many children sleep the recommended 8-9 hours per night. But if they have sleep apnea, they may not get restful sleep. Sleep apnea causes repeated arousals throughout the night, causing sleep fragmentation. Even if they don’t remember waking up, it could be damaging their health.

A 2006 study in the journal SLEEP compiled the results from 13 past studies on the topic.

The researchers found that children with ADHD had an Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) much higher than children without the condition.

AHI is an average that represents the number of complete breaks in breathing (apneas) and partial breaks in breathing (hypopneas) that occur per hour of sleep. The higher a person’s AHI is, the worse their apnea.

The children with ADHD also moved more in their sleep and had higher daytime sleepiness.

The researchers concluded that these children’s disrupted sleep may relate to their ADHD. More research on this topic is needed.

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. Read about the risks of untreated apnea here. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed at a sleep center.

1 comment:

  1. A well-written post. Agree with you. You can learn more on how to cure attention deficit disorder at It may take quite some time to cure, but it's definitely a good try.



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