\r\n\r\nA recent editorial published in the New York Times from Vatsal G. Thakkar, professor of psychiatry at N.Y.U. School of Medicine, discusses his beliefs that many cases of diagnosed Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, are in reality sleep disorders in camouflage.\r\n\r\n\r\nAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Sleep Deprivation\r\nThakkar says that in his work he sees many adults who believe for all intents and purposes that they have ADHD, when, in fact, they actually are simply sleep deprived.\r\n\r\nThakkar\u2019s revelation raises eyebrows considering that 11 percent of school-aged children are affected by ADHD. Moreover, there\u2019s between an increase of 22 percent of ADHD diagnoses between 2003 and 2007, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Simultaneously, it is now believed that children are sleeping at least one hour less now than they were one century ago.\r\n\r\nThe professor points to several studies that find a large percentage of children diagnosed with ADHD also have a sleep disorder, like restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, non-restorative sleep, or snoring problems. Thakkar goes on to explain, that for some individuals, particularly kids, being deprived of sleep can actually make them less able to focus and more hyperactive, rather than lethargic.\r\n\r\nThese disorders cause the disruption of delta sleep, which is deepest sleep -- and the stage sleep where we are least like our wakened state. \u201cLaboratory animals die when they are deprived of delta sleep,\u201d Thakkar cites when discussing the importance of delta sleep as this:\r\n\r\nHere are just a few excerpts from the Times editorial regarding the studies that are connection ADHD with sleep deprivation.\r\n\r\n\u201cOne study, published in 2004 in the journal Sleep, looked at 34 children with A.D.H.D. Every one of them showed a deficit of delta sleep, compared with only a handful of the 32 control subjects.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn an editorial comment to the New York Times piece, Alan G. Pocinki, an internist, revealed this:\r\n\r\n\u201cAfter a poor night\u2019s sleep, many people\u2019s bodies respond to fatigue by making extra adrenaline to keep them going. The extra adrenaline can then further aggravate sleep. Statements like, \u201cOnce we got my son\u2019s sleep straightened out, his A.D.D. disappeared,\u201d or \u201cOnce my daughter started sleeping better, her anxiety went away\u201d are commonplace.\u201d\r\n\r\nPaul Siegel associate professor at Westchester Community College points out other studies reveal that the ADHD symptoms may actually be acted out forms of learning disabilities, family conflict, anger, frustration, bipolar disorder, or even an identity crisis.\r\n\r\n\r\nWhat\u2019s the Takeaway?\r\nProfessor Thakkar pronounces that we can no longer ignore the connection between ADHD and deep sleep.\r\nLink to Us!\r\nIf you found this article useful and shareable, please copy and paste the following into the html code of your website or blog:\r\n\r\nLearn More about Getting a Better Night's Sleep and Good Sleep Hygiene at <a href"https:\/\/www.plushbeds.com\/blog\/sleep-disorders\/is-adhd-a-sleeping-disorder-in-disguise\/">Plushbeds Green Sleep Blog<\/a>.