Get Some Sleep: Adhd, Sleep Disorders Often Entwined

Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There’s so much more to my story, Please CNN, contact me, Get my story and stop this NOW…PLEASE the additives are killing everyone who consumes them! January 10, 2011 at 05:53 | Report abuse | Reply jeff chappell I have a 12 year old boy. He displays very clear signs of ADHD, but only when he doesn’t get enough sleep. I have run into dozens of parents of ADHD, overly drugged kids who almost brag about their kids getting 6 hours of sleep a night.
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Sleep Disorders, Attention Problems Linked

A 1/3 misdiagnosis rate is enough of a reason to look more closely for sleep disorders. In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset. Researchers concluded that doctors need to routinely screen for sleep disorders when considering an ME/CFS diagnosis, and that they should use sleep studies to identify sleep problems and tailor treatments to the specific groups. What kind of sleep problems do you have? Do you think one of the above groups describes you?
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Average scores dropped from a 12 to around 3 on a scale of 0-24, with 24 being the most severe rating. The same group reported improvement in attention deficit scores from 17 to a score of 10, a significant change according to the researchers. In addition, nine of the 16 patients with possible or probable attention deficit disorder, based on having moderate to severe attention deficits scores, improved their attention scores after CPAP. In an interview with WebMD, Risk says sleep apnea is “highly correlated” with attention deficit disorder and that treating apnea can improve attention deficit. However, some apnea patients may continue to have attention deficit problems after CPAP due to “anxiety, depression, or other disorders,” he says. Risk and colleagues also studied smaller groups of people with insomnia. “For those with severe insomnia, we found a high prevalence of anxiety, depression, and neuromuscular disease, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and neurological disorders,” he says.
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