Sleep & Activity

Sleep & Activity

Sleep and activity

Nutrition and exercise are extremely beneficial in providing quality sleep. People sleep significantly better and feel more alert during the day if they get at least 150 minutes of exercise a week. Sleep rejuvenates the body, mood and mind and is related to learning and memory functions. Not only will getting plenty of sleep help us carry out our day to day activities, but it also plays a critical factor in your health, weight and energy level. While sleep problems can affect anyone in the general population, there is a greater occurrence of these problems in children with ADHD.

One quarter to one and a half of parents of children with ADHD report that their children suffer from a sleep problem, especially problems with falling asleep and staying asleep. While there is no one specific recommended treatment for sleep problems in children or adults with ADHD, maintaining regular bedroom routines, ensuring that children have a child friendly environment (keeping the room quiet, cool and comfortable) and by having a good diet and regular exercise can impact the quality of sleep you child gets. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders in children and adolescents. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and very high levels of activity.

Using brain imaging technology like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists have observed that in some children, ADHD may be related to how the brain is wired or how it is structured. For other children with ADHD, brain development follows a normal but delayed pattern. In some regions, development is delayed by an average of three years compared to children without the disorder. The evidence suggests that for some children the miss match in brain development can be explored by delivering behavioural interventions such as teaching children practical skills like organising tasks and managing their time to complete their homework. It can also help children work through difficult emotions. Teaching children social skills such as how to wait their turn, share toys, ask for help, or respond to teasing can also help decrease ADHD behaviour.