How Can I Tell If I Have OSA or ADHD?
Are you inattentive, easily distracted, or often very irritated? Well, did you know these are signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? Between 50 and 75% of children and adults with ADHD also suffer from sleep problems. However, sleep apnea is often overlooked by doctors because they’re misdiagnosing it as ADHD.
Millions of Americans, both adults and children, are affected by ADHD. This condition is associated with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It often begins in adolescent years and can persist into adulthood, leading to low self-esteem, difficulty at school or work, troubled relationships, or struggling to go to bed.
In order to understand all your symptoms, becoming more aware of each condition can help save your life. If you have ADHD and still find yourself experiencing issues that aren’t relieved with treatment, then it may be a sign of sleep apnea.
Signs You Should Look Out For
Recognizing the common symptoms between ADHD and OSA can be the simple solution you’ve been longing for. Some of the similar indications that are most commonly seen as ADHD include:
- Lack of focus
- Trouble sleeping
- Daytime fatigue
- Memory loss
If you obtain many of these above symptoms but are still unsure if your ADHD is sleep apnea, then we recommend you receive a sleep study for a more precise diagnosis. Additional symptoms that can help you differentiate your ADHD from sleep apnea include impulsivity, short attention span, disorganization, fidgeting, or talking excessively.
Should I Get a Sleep Study?
Living with untreated sleep apnea can result in detrimental health complications such as strokes, obesity, and diabetes. There has also been a multitude of reports that found the cause of many deaths to be the result of severe OSA.
It’s crucial to find the proper treatment for your sleep condition, especially if you have ADHD and you haven’t felt relief from your current medications in a long time. Before treating sleep apnea patients, Dr. Pearson will recommend a local pulmonologist to help diagnose your condition.
Generally, patients will be kept overnight at a sleep clinic to be observed with a sleep study. Once you’ve been examined and if you’re officially diagnosed with OSA, then you’ll come back to our Staten Island Dental Sleep Health Center to receive effective treatments.
Dr. Pearson Can Help With Oral Appliances
Here in Staten Island, we offer a safe, comfortable alternative to CPAP masks known as an oral appliance. This method of treatment can help alleviate your daytime exhaustion, irritability, and forgetfulness as it improves the quality of your sleep.
Discovering sleep treatment can be complicated, especially if you believe you only have ADHD. However, neglecting treatment can make your condition much more difficult to manage while time goes on.
To receive effective care for your sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Pearson today. If you need help finding a sleep physician to administer your sleep study, you can give our office a call and we’ll recommend a local doctor for you.