Sleep Apnea & ADHD in Philadelphia, PD

Misdiagnosing Sleep Apnea & ADHD

Do you have a difficult time concentrating throughout the day or notice you have a short attention span? If so, you may think that it could be a sign of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, what you may not know is that your daytime inattentiveness could be a sign of sleep apnea. ADHD and sleep apnea share similar symptoms, which is why patients who can’t get a good night’s sleep often go misdiagnosed for a long time.

Nearly 75 percent of children and adults with ADHD also suffer from sleep issues. Learn more about the signs of ADHD and how our specialist, Dr. Slobodinsky can get you the proper diagnosis and treatment for your condition.

The Shared Symptoms

ADHD and sleep apnea share similar symptoms that make the two disorders difficult to differentiate from each other. Along with feeling exhausted throughout the day, other common indicators of both disorders include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Disinterest and irritability
  • Disorganization
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Lack of focus
  • Impulsivity

If you have ADHD and find yourself suffering from sleep issues, having a sleep study done may be the right next step for you. Dr. Slobodinsky can provide you with the help you need to find relief.

What Is a Sleep Study?

If you believe your ADHD could actually be a sleep disorder, our team can help. To get a proper diagnosis for sleep apnea, Dr. Slobodinsky first recommends undergoing a sleep study so that he can analyze your case and determine which treatment is right for you.

During an in-lab sleep study, your vitals will be monitored, including your oxygen saturation, heart rate, and eye movement. This information will be tracked and recorded for Dr. Slobodinsky throughout the duration of the test, which will be used later to help make a diagnosis. Our office also offers an at-home sleep test that’s more convenient and comfortable to use.

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea, Dr. Slobodinsky will help you find the treatment option that’s right for you, right here at Sleep Well Philadelphia.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does sleep apnea cause ADHD?
Can sleep apnea lower my ability to focus?
Are people born with obstructive sleep apnea?
Can treatment improve my sleep apnea symptoms?
Does sleep apnea cause ADHD?

It’s incredibly common for patients diagnosed with ADHD to suffer from some form of sleep apnea symptoms. While the research is still unclear as to whether there’s a link between the two, the key is to seek treatment. If you, or your child, display signs of either ADHD or sleep apnea, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at our Philadelphia office to get an accurate diagnosis by calling (215) 739-2543.

Can sleep apnea lower my ability to focus?

Sleep apnea can progressively lower your focus and concentration throughout the day because your body isn’t getting the rest it needs. This can result in other issues including memory problems, trouble staying awake, and an inability to concentrate. These can often be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD, since patients who have sleep apnea usually aren’t aware that their sleep is constantly being interrupted.

Are people born with obstructive sleep apnea?

Not everyone who develops sleep apnea was born with it, but about 40% of patients can trace a genetic link back to relatives with sleep apnea. This is why children are so often affected by the disorder. However, you can undoubtedly develop sleep apnea due to increased stress, weight gain, insomnia, or other factors as well. 

Can treatment improve my sleep apnea symptoms?

Treating your sleep apnea symptoms can improve your condition and promote your overall quality of life. Not only will your body and mind get the rest they need to recharge, but you’ll also protect yourself from further complications including hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, and snoring. If you’re looking to improve your sleep apnea symptoms, Dr. Slobodinsky can recommend a treatment plan that’s specified to your needs.

Your Journey to a Better Night’s Sleep

ADHD and sleep apnea share common symptoms with one another. If you believe you’re suffering from either disorder, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. Fortunately, our specialist Dr. Slobodinsky can get you the help you need for a good night’s rest.

If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea and want to relieve your symptoms, we recommend contacting our Philadelphia practice. Call our office by calling (215) 739-2543 or fill out an online contact form to schedule your appointment. We proudly serve patients who reside in the Ludlow, Olde Kensington, Port Richmond, and the Northern Liberties areas.