It’s also not unheard of for kids to suffer sleep disorders, and a child may not understand that they are not getting enough sleep —which is more common than you think. If a child is suffering from insomnia, then the added ADHD stimulant medication will only worsen the child’s condition—sadly, most parents then decide to “up” the prescription.
Although the sudden halts in breathing only happen for 3-5 seconds, these may happen hundreds of times throughout the night. The result is the brain and body cannot regenerate cells, and people never achieve the most restorative part of sleep: their REM cycle. This results in excessive sleep deprivation, which makes a child unable to focus, be hyperactive, and unresponsive—also key determinants for an ADHD diagnosis.