• Vol. 38 No. 7, 647–647
  • 15 July 2009

Sleep Disturbances in Singaporean Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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I read with interest the published article by Choon Guan Lim et al entitled “Sleep Disturbances in Singaporean Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder”.1 They surveyed some of the sleep problems in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) prior to and during treatment. The sample contained 114 child and adolescent patients with ADHD and 60 children were recruited from among all new patients who attended the clinic. They named the second group as normal patients. Sleep problems were detected and evaluated by the 6 items of parent-reported Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL). In addition, 54 patients were interviewed and their charts were reviewed. They reported that children with ADHD sleep less than the control group. “Trouble sleeping” is more common in girls than boys with ADHD. Moreover, frequency of sleep disturbances in children with ADHD is lower prior to treatment with medications.

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