– It is believed that ADHD and sleeping problems are related. –
When children are over tired, they tend to show many escalated symptoms of ADHD (fidgety, nervousness, hyper activity, inability to focus and stay focused.)
If your child displays excess crankiness, anger/aggression or hyperness, this could simply be the need for more sleep.
Studies have shown children up to the age of 12 need an average of 10-11 hours of sleep per night, age 13 – adults need 8-9 hours per night.
ADHD and sleeping problems should not be taken lightly. If I had known the link between the two when my daughter was first diagnosed, both of our lives would have been so much easier, not to mention happier.
All those times I got upset and my daughter got in trouble for not going to sleep when she was suppose to, could have been avoided. Then we would have been spared the anger and resentment we both felt for each other.
There are some very good books written on the subject of ADHD and sleeping problems. The more you learn, the better prepared you are to deal with ADHD and all the challenges that come with it.
Don’t be like me and wait a long time to take action. Your child depends on you to learn their needs and help them make the adjustments nessesary.
If you don’t help them, who will?