What are common sleep disorders with ADHD?

Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Medicine
Two common sleep disorders among people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are restless legs syndrome and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Restless legs syndrome is a frequent diagnosis in people with ADHD. With restless legs syndrome, the person feels an uncontrollable need to move their legs during sleep.

OSA causes breathing to stop briefly many times during sleep. OSA leaves the person feeling exhausted the next day, with similar symptoms of ADHD (irritability, inattentiveness, and distraction).  Getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment for primary sleep disorders is vital to feeling your best with ADHD.

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