ADHD CHILDREN SLEEP LESS AND MORE POORLY

ADHD Children Sleep Less and More Poorly

Parents of ADHD children have claimed for years that their children have more trouble falling and staying asleep and have poorer quality sleep than other children.  A study out of Aarhus University has found that there is some truth behind this claim.

Recent studies have reported that approximately 70% of parents with ADHD children state that their child has a hard time falling and staying asleep and that their pre-bedtime routines take a long time.  Unfortunately, however, many science-based studies using electrodes to measure sleep quality have not been able to link ADHD and sleep quality.  This new Danish study gives some merit to these parental concerns and shows that children with ADHD do sleep worse than other children their age.

Behind the study is lead researcher, Anne Virring Sorensen, a medical doctor at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Hospital in Risskov.  She reported that their study validates their experience, which is that their child with ADHD takes longer to get to bed and fall asleep.  With the measurements used in this study, researchers have seen also that these children have disruptive sleep, especially deep sleep.  Only looking at the length of sleep will tell you that children with ADHD sleep an average of 45 minutes less than other children; however, it is the quality of sleep that is most concerning, researchers state.

It is reported that two out of three children diagnosed with ADHD have at least one additional psychiatric condition, which in all likelihood increases the risks of poor sleep quality.  However, even when scientists look only at those with an ADHD diagnosis, they find that there is still a big difference in the patterns compared to children in the control group without a diagnosis.

In this Danish study, researchers also reviewed the daytime sleep patterns, and the findings were surprising.

They found that children with ADHD were able to fall asleep more quickly during the day than at night.  This is so surprising because one of the primary characteristics of ADHD is hyperactivity; however, researchers note that this hyperactivity may be compensatory for the inability to sleep during the day.

Researchers were unable to find a correlation between poor sleep quality and ADHD in the past may be due to the different methods of measurement.  In this study, electrodes were attached to the children for polysomnography readings during an afternoon at the hospital.  However, they still slept in familiar home surroundings.  Previously, children were admitted to sleep centers in a hospital overnight to get a sleep study performed.

Anne Virring Sorensen makes it clear in her findings that the children in this study received no medication to help them fall asleep.  This is a major concern because many ADHD children are given medication at night to help them sleep.

However many hundreds of parents with ADHD children have opted for a starry night sky ceiling mural in the child’s bedroom which has helped many gain a more relaxing sleep and reduced bedtime drama.

CHILDHOOD SLEEP AND SCHOOL SUCCESS.

Childhood Sleep and School Success

New research out of the Australia’s Queensland University of Technology suggests that 1 in 3 children between newborn and five years of age have trouble sleeping, leading to behavioral and emotional problems in the school setting. It was found that children who can ease themselves back to sleep in their earliest years have more productivity and better attention in school.

This new research involved looking at almost 3000 children in the study, “Growing up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.” Dr. Kate Williams of QUT’s School of Early Childhood reviewed the sleeping patterns of the children who were born in 2004, up to the age of six or seven years. She notes that by five years of age, most children (70%) can self-regulate their sleep; however, the remaining 30% may have developmental problems due to sleep irregularity.

This study, published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, is the largest sample size for the topic, during which time mothers reported any sleep problems, along with emotional or behavioral concerns between birth and five years of age; while preschool teachers and daycare workers reported any emotional and behavioral problems during the day.

The surprise in the study came to Dr. Williams when she saw that there were escalating behavioral concerns in school in those children who had poorer regulation of sleep, emotions, and attention throughout the day. The children who were associated with having escalated emotional and behavioral problems were also linked to more frequent emotional outbursts, attention deficits, and hyperactivity.

The research implies that if these sleep patterns are not under control by the age of five, then the child is at increased risk of poor adjustment and behavior in later school years. There is a great opportunity, Dr. Williams believes, to teach more about sleep hygiene in children, with greater than 85% of parents utilizing childcare and preschool.

This most recent study indicates that prevention is the key to better school performance in young children. Children must learn these self-regulation skills, so parents will need to cut back on some of their habits – such as lying down with children, allowing them into their bed in the middle of the night, etc.

This research was built off of another study out of QUT that looked at how mandatory daytime naps in childcare or preschool can contribute to poor sleep habits later in life and, therefore, contribute to problems in school. It is believed, however, that sleep problems can be fixed long before a child reaches the first grade, so long as parents, preschool teachers, and childcare workers are well informed and willing to make necessary changes, which ultimately will probably be difficult.

In conclusion, the addition of the night sky ceiling mural has helped hundreds of people gain a more relaxing deep sleep both young and old as there is no age limit on the splendor of a starry night sky bedroom ceiling mural.

Why you need relaxation and sleep.

During the night

How often have you found yourself lying in bed thinking: “If only I could relax, I’d be able to sleep”? Well, there has to be truth in that. A relaxed state, physically and mentally, is certainly a prerequisite for sleep, and we know that naturally relaxed people are usually better sleepers.

Relaxation at bedtime and in bed is crucial, but sleep is not something that can be forced because it is a process of “de-arousal” or “letting go”. Fortunately, learning to relax is a general skill and it is possible to learn to relax, even if you’re not very good at it just now. It can help in a number of circumstances to take a less anxious approach. Being able to relax is great preparation for sleep, but it’s also a great asset for the day–to–day life too.

First of all, you need to know what relaxation is. The human relaxation response involves both physiological and mental changes. Physiologically, relaxation is associated with deeper and slower breathing, a reduction in “muscle tone” (reduced tension) and a lowering of the heart rate. At the cognitive or mental level, relaxation involves detachment from the immediate external world, a focus on pleasant sensations or experiences, and a reduction of mental effort and anxiety.

Your first step in becoming more relaxed is to ask yourself whether you could benefit from improving your ability to relax – your natural “relaxation response”.

 

 

Learning to value relaxation

Do you think it’s important to relax? People who don’t value relaxation don’t spend time on it. They might say it’s important, but in their behavior, you would never know. Our lives can be full of shoulds, musts, and ought to, and we often don’t give ourselves permission to relax. We might even feel that we shouldn’t relax because there are “things that need to be done”. Does any of this sound familiar? If so, your challenge is learning a value system. We are not designed to be on the go 24 hours a day.

General ways to relax

Whereas people indeed relax in different ways, there are four essential types of relaxation response. There is the relaxation response that you get from active physical pursuits – “burning up” physical stress through activities such as exercise. Then there are active mental tasks such as playing chess to address mental stress. Then there is passive relaxation, which is more like “letting go”, for example physically by having a bath or mentally by listening to music. Of course, there is no hard and fast distinction between active and passive, or physical and mental, but good sleepers are better than poor sleepers at the passive approach to relaxation.

In conclusion to the above laying in bed under a clear starry night, sky ceiling mural has all the positiveness that has been proven to help relax and create a calming space enabling a deep relaxing sleep.

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Reviews.

OMG I never thought it would work but I had my twins room done in stars in the sky and my twins went to bed and settled beautifully and only woke up at half past 6 this morning they never sleep till then there normally up early hours so finger crossed the star in the sky cieling works and Carl was so nice and would highly recommend him his transformed my twins room my twins are 4 in June and both have autism and non verbal so this helps allot thank u ever so much Carl they love it xxxx

I’ve just had my 7 year old sons room done with the hope of moving him into his own room and out of my bed.
First night he was so excited and mesmerised by the stars he slept in his own room for the first time in a year. He’s already telling me he’s staying in his own bed tonight.
I can’t thank you enough x

I had a night sky done in my sons bedroom a few months ago now as he wasn’t sleeping very well (3 years old) and hasn’t since birth! In an attempt to get him to sleep in he a bed and me in my bed we had this ceiling done and it made such a difference! Toby now shows everyone his special ceiling and he looks at his stars in bed at night. He now sleeps through the night so thank you so much I would recommend to anyone! ���

I recently asked Carl to paint two bedroom ceilings. One for my little girl who is almost 3 and the other in the nursery. He is friendly, professional and passionate about his work. He was great with my daughter, she was so excited to see the stars when he was finished. Anyone considering having this done should go for it, it’s great!

Carl has done my 3 year olds ceiling today. It’s amazing. My boy absolutely loves it. I thought it would be good, but it has exceeded my expectations.
It’s acceptable to have it in an adults room as well isn’t it?!

what an amazing job done on my 12yr daughte who has special needs, bedroom ceiling. she cant wait to go to bed, she was that plesed, she took a leaflet to school, (special needs school) they are now considering photocopying the leaflet, to hand out to other parents, this would def benefit any children, esp children with a sensory need, to help them settle at night. thankyou carl,

Just had our sons bedroom ceiling done, absolutely love it, so pleased with it and Max loves pointing to ‘his’ stars and showing us where they are. Thank you so much �

Absolutely brilliant! Had my sons room done and must say I’m very impressed with the result would recommend having it done �

We bought one of the limited canopies and loved it so much that we’re ordering another! Fantastic service, highly recommend �

We had our little boys bedroom ceiling done recently and it is amazing. We would highly recommend it to anybody. Carl was very polite and professional.

Looks amazing! Genuinely nice guy and only took a few hours to do! No smell off the products used which is a plus. Highly recommend this service! �

Had 2 bedrooms done today, they look superb and better than I could have imagined. The depth of perception is phenomenal, and meeting Carl was a pleasure, extremely tidy workmanship too! Thank you!!

What an amazing job on our ceilings it really feels like you are looking up at the sky. Carl is a lovely guy very passionate about what he does and extremely professional. Would definitely recommend.

Thankyou so much,brilliant professional service and the ceilings are just fantastic, especially for my eldest daughter with special needs, would highly recommend

We are truly flabbergasted with the results and it has totally transformed our ceiling , we look forward to bedtime now every night , our ceiling is like looking into a real sky , bits twinkle shooting stars , a cheap price to pay to have Disneyland effects on your ceiling , all I can say is WOW !!!!!! Well impressed and re-booking in for 2 more ceilings , thank you so much Carl your ace !!!!

Carl has painted a night sky on both my children’s bedroom ceilings. They are amazing at night and my children love them!
Can’t recommend Carl enough it truly is amazing!

Recently had my bedroom done. I highly recommend – great service and even better result. Can’t wait to get the next 2 rooms done!

We cannot thank Carl enough for the complete transformation of my daughters bedroom ceiling. It looks absolutely amazing! Truly a genuinely nice guy with an amazing talent. We had it done for my little girl who has cerebral palsy and struggles to sleep at night. Thank you so much Carl. Would definitely highly recommend. And we will definitely be in contact in the future for other ceilings to be transformed. Thank you so much!! �

Can’t rate Carl’s work enough.we had the grand childrens room done and its amazing. It really is like lying under the stars, very calming and relaxing. We will definitley be having another bedroom done next year

What a great guy….did an amazing job. I have tried taking pictures but they don’t do it justice. First class service.

Our Night Sky ceiling is phenomenal! I’m surprised by how little sunlight it needs to charge up, & it’s really great going to bed and looking up at it! Would recommend to anybody! �

Absolute delight!!! Transformed a boring ceiling into a starry night sky for my son!! Very professional, fantastic communication and an absolute pleasure to deal with. Thoroughly recommend!

Love my daughters ceiling. Team were polite, clean, tidy and we would definitely have them back again!
Thanks Carl.
Well worth the money �