Bedtime Habits May Cause ADHD-Like Behaviour to Children

A new study published in the American Journal of Family Therapy showed for the first time a direct link between bedtime routines and behavior that mimics Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children.

The findings propose that of the over 5 million children who are now being treated with ADHD medication, a majority may be suffering from Faux-ADHD, a disorder linked to irregular bedtimes and bed sharing, and does not require medication.

The study, consisting of 704 parents of children, ages 2-13 and were being seen in pediatricians’ offices, was conducted by researchers at the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and the Rhode Island College Department of Special Education. It suggests that simple adjustments to bedtime habits, rather than medication, can eliminate ADHD-like behavior, such as poor attention and hyperactivity.

Here are other key findings from the study:

Children who did not sleep in their own beds

Had ADHD-like behaviors 7 times more frequently than children who always slept in their own bed; and

Hit, pushed, or kicked their parents 13 times more frequently than children who always slept in their own bed

Children Who Did Not Have a Regular Bedtime

Had ADHD-like behaviors 8 times more frequently than children who had a regular bedtime

Hit, pushed or kicked their parents 10 times more frequently than children who had a regular bedtime; and

Lead researcher of the study, Dr. Robert M. Pressman, said:

“Pediatricians, therapists, and parents need to reassess the questions asked when diagnosing ADHD. Bedtime habits must be reviewed at intake and bedtime problems explored before ADHD medication is considered.”

So, before jumping into conclusion on ADHD, consider Faux-ADHD.

Written by Dominic Rivera
The Inquisitor
20th September 2011

2011-09-20T10:51:22+00:00