Mistaking Sleep Apnea as ADHD
Do you often feel tired or struggle to concentrate during the day? These are common symptoms of sleep apnea, a severe condition that causes you to wake up during the night. However, many of the symptoms of sleep apnea are often confused with those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which can affect your attention span and ability to focus. At Sac Sleep & Breathing, Dr. Scott Grivas can get you a proper diagnosis and provide treatment.
Is It Sleep Apnea or ADHD?
Doctors who are unfamiliar with sleep apnea may misdiagnose you or your child with ADHD. Some of the symptoms you should watch out for include:
- Being disorganized
- Lack of focus on menial tasks
- Low energy throughout the day
- Short-term memory loss
Living with undiagnosed sleep apnea can have lasting effects on your body. It’s crucial to notice any symptoms so Dr. Grivas can provide the proper treatment.
The Connection Between Sleep Apnea & ADHD
Pre-existing ADHD can become more severe if you suffer from sleep apnea. One study found 95 percent of people who suffer from sleep apnea experience difficulty concentrating throughout the day. Fortunately, a sleep study can be done at a sleep lab or at home. This type of exam will monitor your vitals such as your heart rate and oxygen saturation levels to determine a proper diagnosis that’ll inform your treatment.
Quality Sleep With Oral Appliance Therapy
Whether or not you also suffer from ADHD, sleep apnea can negatively impact your daily activities and prevent your body from getting the rest it needs. At Sac Sleep & Breathing, your sleep specialist can help you find relief from your symptoms with oral appliance therapy. Letting your sleep apnea go untreated can lead to further complications for your body and mind. Dr. Grivas will help you decide which treatments and lifestyle changes to make.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does ADHD worsen sleep problems?
ADHD can contribute to sleep apnea and worsen other sleep issues. However, using ADHD medication for sleep-related issues can worsen your exhaustion, since many include stimulants that keep your body awake. While it helps treat ADHD and increase focus, patients may find it worsens their sleep. That’s why it’s important to undergo a sleep study.
Can sleep apnea lower my ability to concentrate?
Yes! In fact, sleep apnea can lower your focus since your body and mind aren’t getting the rest they need. This can result in issues with memory, staying awake, and the ability to concentrate. These can often be mistaken for ADHD symptoms, as some patients may not even be aware their sleep is interrupted over the course of the night.
Will treatment improve my sleep apnea symptoms?
Treating your sleep apnea can drastically improve your physical and mental health. You’ll protect your body from complications such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease while also improving your quality of life. Your sleep dentist will recommend treatments that cater to your unique needs, including convenient oral appliance therapy.
Can sleep apnea cause ADHD in children?
Both sleep apnea and ADHD can cause a lack of focus, impulsiveness, and disorganization. Since children are unable to understand these symptoms, we recommend you schedule a sleep study if you notice any of the above signs. A professional diagnosis from a sleep specialist can help give your child the personalized treatment they need to effectively target their symptoms, whether caused by ADHD or not.
Get the Sleep You Need By Visiting Dr. Grivas
ADHD and sleep apnea are often confused with each other due to sharing a few similar symptoms. If you feel your sleep apnea has been misdiagnosed, maybe it’s time to see a sleep dentist. At Sac Sleep & Breathing, Dr. Grivas has experience in providing treatment that specifically targets the cause of your sleep issues. Call our Sacramento, CA office at (916) 735-4060 or by filling out our online contact form. We also serve patients in Sierra Oaks, Woodside Condo, and Campus Commons, CA.