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ADHD and sleep: what do GPs need to know?

There has been a significant rise in ADHD diagnoses in the UK. As it can impair sleep patterns, GPs should have sleep disorders on their radar for ADHD patients.

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders, affecting approximately 3-5% of children.1 ADHD impairs the regulation of brain activity and often affects sleep patterns. In many cases ADHD continues into adulthood.2 It is four times more common in males than in females, with a prevalence of 3.6% and 0.9%, respectively, in children aged between 5-15 years old.3 The symptoms of ADHD can be categorised into different types of behavioural problems:2 Inattentiveness – unable to concentrate for very long or finish a task, disorganised, often losing things, easily distracted and forgetful, unable to listen when


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