Misdiagnosing Sleep Apnea with ADHD
Nearly 75% of children and adults with ADHD also suffer from sleep problems. Sleep apnea and ADHD have similar symptoms including fatigue, irritability, lack of motivation, and struggling to sleep through the night.
Diagnosing either disorder can be complicated and not always direct. Dr. Rice recommends having a sleep study done to get the correct diagnosis and treatment for your condition.
Symptoms of ADHD & Sleep Apnea
- Lack of focus
These symptoms may also overlap with those of sleep apnea, which is why it’s often left untreated or misdiagnosed.
Does Your Child Have ADHD?
Sleep apnea symptoms found in children with ADHD include:
- Night sweats
- Poor attention span
- Behavioral issues
If you recognize these symptoms in your child, it’s critical to seek a sleep study from a sleep pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving proper treatment.
Seeking Treatment with Dr. Rice
Sleep apnea and ADHD have shared symptoms which is why they’re often misdiagnosed in both children and adults. Dr. Rice recommends partaking in a sleep study to get a proper diagnosis before proceeding with treatment.
Our team at Middle Tennessee Dental Sleep Specialists can evaluate your sleep apnea and determine the best treatment option for you. If you have any questions, give us a call at 615-373-4488 to speak to one of our sleep specialists.