October 7, 2005


Study Indicates ADHD Children May Just Need Sleep, Not Medication (Jim Brown, October 6, 2005, AgapePress)

A study by Israeli researchers shows treatment of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders in children can lead to a significant reduction in symptoms associated with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

The study found that children diagnosed with ADHD had much higher levels of sleeplessness during the day than did non-ADHD youngsters. Dr. Giora Pillar is head of the Pediatric Sleep Lab at the largest hospital in northern Israel, and an associate professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, which conducted the study.

Pillar says sleep apnea or sleep disturbances can lead to daytime sleepiness -- and children who are sleepy throughout the day do not fall asleep unintentionally like adults, but rather become hyperactive.

"They start to be fidgety and nervous, and these are actually the symptoms of ADHD," Dr. Pillar explains. "[W]hen you treat [and correct] the sleep problem, they all of a sudden become more alert during the day. They are more focused, they can concentrate better, they behave better -- and their symptoms of ADHD are actually relieved."

There's a poll question where they ask world class track and field athletes if they'd take a drug that would enhance their performance by X percent but cut their lifespan by Y years and they notoriously say they would by large margins. One wonders if you wouldn't get similar numbers asking parents if they'd give their kids a drug that would control their behavior but take several years off the kids' lifespans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 7, 2005 7:18 PM

At least the athletes were adults who could decide for themselves. No parent has a right to make that decision on behalf of a minor child.

Posted by: obc at October 7, 2005 8:47 PM


Posted by: oj at October 11, 2005 6:49 PM