An Alternative to ADHD Medication? Try Sunlight

A study found sunlight exposure may improve sleep patterns, which reduces attention problems.

A study found sunlight exposure may improve sleep patterns, which reduces attention problems.

Parent who don’t want to medicate their children might just be able to give them more sun exposure to make them drowsy; more sleep reduces the symptoms of ADHD.

by Linda Mintle -

ADHD is a legitimate diagnosis based on underlying neurological conditions. It is a brain-based biological disorder that can be detected by brain scans and imaging. Chemical differences are found in the ADHD brain when compared to non ADHD children. Furthermore, current evidence suggest that ADHD is genetic.

In terms of the rising numbers of ADHD children, positives explanations include better awareness of the condition and better access to care. Decades ago, we did not do a good job of identifying children with this disorder. Now, more children are benefiting from early detection and treatment.

With the growing concern about overmedicating children on the minds of so many, preschoolers, who are correctly diagnosed do need intervention.

So what is being done to provide medication alternatives?

Perhaps a promising area to explore is solar intensity as it relates to ADHD. Sleep specialists tell us that children with ADHD often have sleep-onset insomnia and a delayed circadian phase. So a group of researchers looked at the relationship between environmental light exposure and ADHD prevalence. What they found was that higher solar intensity was correlated with lower ADHD prevalence. Exposing children to intense sunlight during the day and reduced light exposure at night may reduce some ADHD symptoms and act as a protective factor.[1]

Read more at A Non Medication Strategy for ADHD Preschoolers.

[Via Belief Net]

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