Symptoms of ADHD and Sleep Apnea in Children
The symptoms of ADHD in children include inattentiveness, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, and mood swings (which may be tied to impulsiveness.) Sometimes children may not have all the symptoms. They may be inattentive or get lost in their thoughts, but they're not hyperactive. They may be impulsive, but able to pay attention. Children with ADHD might have trouble following instructions, finishing projects, or they may frequently lose items.
The symptoms of sleep apnea in children may include the hallmark signs like snoring, pauses in breathing while asleep, or not feeling rested in the morning. They may also choke or cough in their sleep, breathe through their mouth, have sleep terrors, or wet the bed.
Sleep apnea can also cause sleep deprivation. The symptoms of sleep deprivation in children may include hyperactivity, trouble paying attention, behavioral issues, and poor school performance.