ADHD and Snoring

ADHD and Snoring

Aren’t they angels when they sleep? But sometimes troublesome behavior during the day is caused by what happens each night during sleep. If your child seems to have ADHD and also snores, the two may be related.

A study published online in the March 2003 issue of Pediatrics looked at thousands of 5 to 7 year olds and found that snoring is significantly more common among children with mild ADHD than it is in the general population.

Snoring can be a symptom of poor breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea), which can lead to chronic poor quality sleep, which can lead to behavior and attention problems during the day. Treating the snoring may be a much better option than treating the child with ADHD medicines.

For some children, this will get to the cause of the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

If you think your child may have ADHD, make sure you know whether he or she snores.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

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