Sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes you to constantly wake up gasping for air throughout the night. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you know how sleep deprivation affects your days. Alongside exhaustion, sleep apnea may cause you to feel confused or unfocused throughout the day.
However, in many people, sleep apnea is misdiagnosed in favor of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD). ADHD is a condition that can affect your attention span, ability to focus, and ability to sit still. This misdiagnosis is common with children because they aren’t able to accurately describe their sleep apnea symptoms, which are similar to ADHD.
Due to similar symptoms, ADHD and sleep apnea can be hard to distinguish between. Doctors who aren’t familiar with sleep disorders might diagnose your child with ADHD just because they’re restless during the day.
Symptoms of sleep apnea that are similar to ADHD include:
Unfortunately, living with undiagnosed sleep apnea can have long-lasting health effects on your body. It’s crucial to watch out for the signs of each symptom so your doctor can accurately diagnose them fast. Misdiagnosis of ADHD can cause sleep apnea symptoms to worsen, leading to high blood pressure, diabetes, or depression.
If any of your ADHD symptoms sound similar to sleep apnea, Dr. Goel recommends that you undergo a sleep study to ensure you get the most accurate diagnosis.
Sleep apnea can add to any existing symptoms of ADHD. Researchers in one study found that 95% of people who suffer from sleep apnea experience disruptions in their focus or attention. Undergoing a sleep study is the best way to know whether your symptoms are related to sleep apnea.
You can undergo a sleep study at home or in a sleep laboratory. During an in-lab study, you’ll spend the night at a lab, typically in a hospital, where a physician will be by your side at all times.
Sleep professionals will monitor your heart rate and oxygen saturation levels alongside eye and leg movement throughout the night. If you’d prefer the privacy of your home, we can recommend an at-home sleep study for your convenience.
After your physician returns your results, contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Goel. She’ll discuss your sleep disorder and symptoms and walk you through your next steps. At Bay Area Sleep Solutions and Pain Center, we offer orthodontic treatments for sleep apnea symptoms, so you’ll find a comfortable, quiet solution.
Sleep apnea is distracting and can lead to health problems in the future. But it’s often misdiagnosed as ADHD. If you’re having symptoms of both ADHD and sleep apnea, a sleep study can help you determine what treatment can most accurately target the cause of your symptoms.
Visit Dr. Goel at Bay Area Sleep Solutions and Pain Center to find out how we can improve your sleep quality. Contact our offices in Santa Clara at (408) 549-1602 and San Jose at (408) 404-8257 today to schedule your appointment.
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