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Study: Early Childhood Sleep Problems Linked to Later ADHD Diagnosis

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March 14, 2023Early childhood sleep problems, including irregular sleep routines, short nighttime sleep duration, and frequent night awakenings, correlate with subsequent ADHD diagnoses, according to research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

1Researchers conducted an observational review of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (a U.K. birth cohort study), which included 7,769 10-year-old children (49.6% girls; 50.4% boys).

Participants’ parents assessed their children’s sleep habits at age 3.5, answering questions such as ‘Does your child have regular sleep routines?’ ‘How long does your child sleep during the day?’ and ‘How often during the night does your child usually wake?’ Researchers calculated nighttime sleep durations from questions asking what time (to the nearest minute) the child ‘normally’ went to sleep in the evening and woke up in the morning.

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