Dr. Shahrir Shahzeidi appeared on Great Day Washington

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Interview: Is it ADHD or sleep deprivation?

WASHINGTON, DC (September 15, 2015) – Children are not getting enough sleep, according to the CDC. If your child is struggling in school, you might want to know that signs of sleep deprivation and ADHD can mimic each other. Our pediatric sleep expert Dr. Shahrir Shahzeidi talked to Great Day Washington about how to tell the difference and the importance of sleep for adolescents.

“A good night’s sleep is essential for children,” said Dr. Shahzeidi. “Your brain is like a computer. Imagine if your computer is getting loaded with a lot of information during the day. Just like a computer, you need to shut down…” That’s because a child’s brain needs to be refreshed after storing up all that “junk memory” during the day.

When children don’t get a good night’s sleep they may not be groggy and tired like adults; they may act out, fighting with others, or performing poorly in school because they can’t focus or absorb the information given to them.

Here are some signs you can look for while your child sleeps to see if he or she may have a sleeping problem:
Trouble breathing, as shown by either chronic snoring or mouth breathing
Whether your child is able to go to sleep on his or her own and stay asleep
Grinds teeth during sleep

6c1cf9fb-85d0-4ef9-bf1b-83839d7d97edDr. Shahzeidi would love to talk to you more about sleep issues for children and how to diagnose and treat them.

For more information on Dr. Shahzeidi and Comprehensive Sleep Care please visit www.comprehensivesleepcare.com.

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