Sleep Apnea & ADHD

Misdiagnosing Sleep Apnea as ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, is a common condition diagnosed due to symptoms indicating hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. Nearly 75 percent of children and adults with ADHD also suffer from sleep problems, which is why it’s frequently misdiagnosed. 

Learn more about the signs of ADHD and how Dr. Slobodinsky can help you get the proper diagnosis and treatment for your condition.

The Shared Symptoms

Because of similar symptoms like feeling exhausted throughout the day, being forgetful, and being unmotivated, sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed as ADHD. The relationship between the two disorders can make it difficult to differentiate. 

The indicators of ADHD include:

  • Irritability 
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of focus
  • Impulsivity
  • Disorganization
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Disinterest

If you have ADHD but still find yourself suffering from sleep problems, having a sleep test done can be the best solution for you.

Proper Diagnosis With a Sleep Study

If you feel your ADHD diagnosis could actually be a sleep disorder, our team can help. To obtain a proper sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Slobodinsky recommends undergoing a sleep study. 

During an in-lab sleep study, vitals such as oxygen saturation, heart rate, and eye movement are tracked and recorded throughout the duration of the test. If you prefer, we can also offer an at-home sleep test for your convenience. 

Once you’ve been diagnosed with a sleep disorder, Dr. Slobodinsky will help you find the treatment option best suited for your unique situation. At Sleep Well Philadelphia, we offer a variety of treatment options, ensuring you get the care you need.

Your Journey to a Better Night’s Sleep 

Getting a proper diagnosis for sleep apnea as well as finding an effective treatment is imperative to your overall health. If you think you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, contact our Philadelphia office by calling (215) 739-2543 and we can schedule your appointment with Dr. Slobodinsky.