A few weeks ago, we shared some ideas on how to help your child get to sleep. But for some parents, before they can take those extra steps to help their kids, they have to be able to recognize their kids’ sleep struggles. And sometimes, that’s not nearly as simple as you may think.
For example — your child may struggle to focus on assigned tasks, or get easily distracted. They can have trouble remembering things or following instructions — or, they may even seem unaware you’re speaking to them at all. Today, we recognize these symptoms as telltale signs your child may have ADHD. But recently, researchers released a study that explores the idea that ADHD isn’t so much a learning disorder as a sleep disorder.
In this study, researchers found that many ADHD patients diagnosed with ADHD may also suffer from an imbalance in their circadian rhythm — suggesting that at least some patients may find improvement by improving their sleep vs. taking medicine for ADHD. Of course, we’re not saying a lack of sleep is the underlying cause for all ADHD patients. But, with that in mind, it’s really important to recognize sleep struggles in your children — and make sure you’re doing what you can to help them.
Here are a few signs your child is dealing with more than just a few bad nights here or there.