Sleep and Attention When you sleep your brain is being cleared of clutter you have accumulated during your waking hours.  Quantity of sleep (7-9 hours) is not enough.  It is the amount of time you spend in deep sleep that counts and you can’t tell that from just looking at someone. A Sleep Study is needed to accurately evaluate whether you or your child’s sleep is disturbed. Even one night of poor sleep will degrade your processing and learning power.Like your computer, your processing speed and efficiency is degraded when your accumulate too much junk information.  Below are some links to resources that discuss this problem Impaired attention caused by sleep problems may be confused with ADHD - Adults & ADHD  Sleep problems may be related to ADHD -  Sleep Problems & ADHD Children’s sleep problems produce ADHD like symptoms of impaired attention, which negatively affects learning.-  Kids' Poor Bedtime Habits May Bring ADHD Misdiagnosis
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