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Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: preliminary data in Australian children.
J Child Health Care. 2011 Mar; 15(1):14-24.JC

Abstract

Sleep disturbances are common and consequential in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Diet also influences ADHD symptoms. Interrelationships between diet, sleep and behaviour in children diagnosed with ADHD are little studied. We investigated, via parental report, the relationships between sleep and diet in 88 Australian children aged 6-13 years old (M = 8.94, SD = 1.78). This pilot data shows that 30 per cent of the children had sleep disturbance (≥ 2 standard deviations above the mean) with significant relationships between ADHD symptoms, sleep disturbance and diet. Parents who reported more sleep disturbance also reported a higher intake of carbohydrate, fats, and, most particularly, sugar which was also a significant predictor of night time sweating. These findings suggest an interrelationship between diet and sleep in children with ADHD. Given that both sleep and dietary intake are potentially modifiable behaviours within treatment regimes of children with ADHD, further investigation is needed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia. sarah.blunden@unisa.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21317167

Citation

Blunden, Sarah Lee, et al. "Diet and Sleep in Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Preliminary Data in Australian Children." Journal of Child Health Care : for Professionals Working With Children in the Hospital and Community, vol. 15, no. 1, 2011, pp. 14-24.
Blunden SL, Milte CM, Sinn N. Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: preliminary data in Australian children. J Child Health Care. 2011;15(1):14-24.
Blunden, S. L., Milte, C. M., & Sinn, N. (2011). Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: preliminary data in Australian children. Journal of Child Health Care : for Professionals Working With Children in the Hospital and Community, 15(1), 14-24. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493510385020
Blunden SL, Milte CM, Sinn N. Diet and Sleep in Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Preliminary Data in Australian Children. J Child Health Care. 2011;15(1):14-24. PubMed PMID: 21317167.
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