Sleep disorders can be detrimental to children, affecting their emotional state and physical and cognitive development. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can do the same thing. In both cases, correctly diagnosing and treating the issue can go a long way in alleviating these effects.
We all think our own children are the brightest and only want the best for them in their intellectual and academic success. But who would have thought that something as simple as their cute little snore at night could be the reason they struggle behind in school and misbehave at times?
As humans, there is always a tendency to make mistakes. Doctors can make mistakes when a parent cannot figure out why their child is hyper, inattentive, moody, or impulsive. They act out without a moment’s notice in school and home. For the most part, the diagnoses gravitates towards an ADHD diagnosis. But for children, the symptoms of ADHD and sleep apnea are parallel if you are not asking the right questions.
Despite much research, how sleep, ADHD, medication, and other disorders are related remains uncertain. Scientists are working to develop a clearer idea of how the different regions of the brain interact and overlap for attention, sleep, and functioning.