Sleep disorders in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) recorded overnight by video-polysomnography

Rosalia Silvestri, Antonella Gagliano, Irene Aricò, Tiziana Calarese, Clemente Cedro, Oliviero Bruni, Rosaria Condurso, Eva Germanò, Giuseppe Gervasi, Rosamaria Siracusano, Giuseppe Vita, Placido Bramanti

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Objective: To outline specific sleep disturbances in different clinical subsets of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and to confirm, by means of nocturnal video-polysomnography (video-PSG), a variety of sleep disorders in ADHD besides the classically described periodic leg movement disorder (PLMD), restless legs syndrome (RLS) and sleep related breathing disorder (SRBD). Methods: Fifty-five ADHD children (47 M, 8F; mean age = 8.9y) were included: 16 had Inattentive and 39 Hyperactive/Impulsive or Combined ADHD subtype. Behavior assessment by Conners and SNAP-IV Scales, a structured sleep interview and a nocturnal video-PSG were administered. Results: Most children/parents reported disturbed, fragmentary sleep at night; complaints were motor restlessness (50%), sleep walking (47.6%), night terrors (38%), confusional arousals (28.5%), snoring (21.4%), and leg discomfort at night associated with RLS (11.9%). There is a significant difference (p value

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1138
Number of pages7
JournalSleep Medicine
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • ADHD
  • Children
  • Disorders of arousal (DOA)
  • Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Video-polysomnography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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