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Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : Preliminary data in Australian children

Blunden, Sarah Lee, Milte, Catherine M. and Sinn, Natalie 2011, Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : Preliminary data in Australian children, Journal of child health care, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 14-24, doi: 10.1177/1367493510385020.

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Title Diet and sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder : Preliminary data in Australian children
Author(s) Blunden, Sarah Lee
Milte, Catherine M.ORCID iD for Milte, Catherine M. orcid.org/0000-0003-0035-6405
Sinn, Natalie
Journal name Journal of child health care
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Start page 14
End page 24
Total pages 11
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-03
ISSN 1367-4935
1741-2889
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1367493510385020
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054590

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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