ADHD or Sleep Deprivation?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder now affects 11 percent of school-aged children. Between 2003 and 2007, the number of diagnoses among children surged by 22 percent, according to the CDC. At the same time, it's been found that kids are getting at least an hour less of sleep now than they were a hundred years ago.

Vatsal Thakkar, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine, argues that those two trends are connected.





Vatsal Thakkar

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Elizabeth Ross

Comments [5]

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Jun. 08 2013 12:22 PM
KathleenMD from St. Louis, MO

As a mom and a hospital-based pediatrician, I have worked nights for almost a decade. Here are my thoughts on sleep deprivation, health, and parenting:

May. 06 2013 05:48 PM
Deb Black from new jersey

I have a son that did not sleep more than an hour at a time for his entire infancy.I am not exaggerating.As a toddler,he would fight sleep and wouldn't take naps. (Even when all the other kids at the daycare were sleeping)
Its not like he didn't need it, because he was often cranky and hyper.
I took him for eval.with a child study team, and he was diagnosed with add/adhd. Now at age 20, he continues to have behavioral/emotional issues.
I do believe his problems began at birth and lack of good sleep.

Apr. 30 2013 03:48 PM
Neil Friedman

This information should be made available to teachers and parents. There are far to many children be treated for ADHD. To many of our children are taking to many medications which may not be addressing the actual underlying issues. The first question a parent or a teachers should be asking children and when they suspect Attention Deficit is, "Are you getting enough sleep at night?"

Apr. 30 2013 03:39 PM
Paul Tomaszewski from Dallas, TX

In 1975 I started work on the Dew Line on the Ice Cap of Greenland. We were severly understaffed and worked 7 days a week 16 hrs a day for 9 weeks on the radar scope. I started falling asleep while walking behind the scope trying to stay awake. I finally called the station chief and told him that I was literally falling asleap while walking.

I slept for 32 hours straight and never woke up.

Apr. 30 2013 12:38 PM

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