According to Science Nordic, a recent study showed a strong correlation between ADHD symptoms and sleep problems, which may indicate a need for sleep treatment in this population.
Previous studies show that five per cent of all young people struggle with symptoms of ADHD, which include concentration problems, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. A number of smaller studies have also shown that children and adults who have had an ADHD diagnosis have more sleep problems than others.
But until now no large population studies have been undertaken that show a correlation between ADHD symptoms and sleep problems.
The researchers were looking to determine whether young people who had not been diagnosed with ADHD, but who have many of the typical symptoms of the condition, were similarly affected by sleep problems.
“We wanted to see how sleep problems are distributed in the young population in general and if adolescents with concentration problems struggle more with sleep,” Hysing says.