The New York Times recently published a thought-provoking article about misdiagnosing chronic sleep deficit and how it has been confused with A.D.H.D. For some individuals especially children sleep deprivation leads to hyperactivity and this leads to healthcare professionals confusing it with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as the symptoms are similar.
“No one is saying A.D.H.D. does not exist, but there’s a strong feeling now that we need to rule out sleep issues first,” said Dr. Merrill Wise, a pediatric neurologist and sleep medicine specialist at the Methodist Healthcare Sleep Disorders Center in Memphis.
The NY Times article also highlights that children with an A.D.H.D. diagnosis also suffer from sleep apnea and prone to snoring, restless leg syndrome or non-restorative sleep, in which delta sleep is frequently interrupted.
To read this informative article, head over to the NY Times website here.