Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Up to 80% of patients with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have difficulty sleeping. The most common sleep disorders associated with ADHD include:

  • Insomnia - trouble falling asleep
  • Sleep anxiety - stress with sleeping
  • Sleep apnea - trouble breathing
  • Nocturnal enuresis - bedwetting
  • Snoring
  • Night awakenings
  • Motor restlessness
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Sensory processing deficits - hyper-sensitivity to sounds, light, clothing, blankets etc.

It can be very difficult to determine whether interrupted sleep is the cause or the result of ADHD. The good news is that, even when ADHD is the correct diagnosis, addressing the sleep issues can dramatically improve behavior, overall happiness and productivity.

Additional information on ADHD and sleep disorders is available for download in pdf format.