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I'd like to think myself not one of those parents who over-protect/worry/coddle their kids. And I'm not. And all things considered, I'm very fortunate to have extremely healthy, well-adjusted kids. Still, Grace sometimes acts like she's flirting with borderline ADHD. The careful phrasing is deliberate; it's on my radar, but so far, the issues haven't surfaced beyond mere annoyances to those adults interacting with her. So, while I haven't searched this information out, when I saw Chris Kresser post a link to the "Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit", published on the NY Times Magazine, I was interested. The article highlights research indicating that many kids (and adults) that suffer from ADHD — and that would usually be proscribed some Ritalin type of medication — are actually sleep deprived, and are being misdiagnosed. This sounds plausible. As a big believer in the efficacy of the paleo template (http://robbwolf.com), which underlines the importance of sleep to your physical, mental, and phycological health, this is easy for me to understand. When you don't get enough sleep on a chronic level (going on for weeks, months, or even years), you suffer decreased performance on every level. That it can manifest itself as ADHD-like behavior? No surprise.This does make me want to redouble my efforts to reduce the light in Grace's room, and makes me happy that she'll be able to sleep as long as she needs very soon, at least on most days.