The link between parent and child sleep disturbances in children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Mor Bar, Martin Efron, Doron Gothelf, Jonathan Kushnir

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Abstract

Objective Although sleep problems are widely known to be a prominent feature of childhood attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), little is known about the link between these difficulties and parental sleep disturbances. Methods The design was cross-sectional assessing a clinical sample of 62 children, aged 7–17 years (mean age = 10.0 years) diagnosed with ADHD and their parents. All participants completed measures of ADHD symptoms, sleep, anxiety, and executive functioning. Results Regression analysis revealed that child's pre-sleep arousal significantly predicted parental sleep, and that medication status and children's anxiety significantly predicted children's sleep. Children with a clinical sleep score were more impaired in behavioral, emotional, and cognitive domains. Conclusion Parents of children with ADHD exhibit sleep disturbances that might be affected by their child's arousal prior to bedtime. The nature of the interaction between children with ADHD and their parents' sleep abnormalities is yet to be elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-164
Number of pages5
JournalSleep Medicine
Volume21
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Children
  • Parental sleep
  • Pre-sleep arousal
  • Sleep

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