Obstructive sleep apnea affects around 20 million Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sleep Apnea and Your Child’s Development

According to the American Sleep Apnea Foundation, one quarter of the children diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could in fact be suffering from the effects of sleep apnea. The symptoms of these two conditions can manifest in similar ways in children, which is why it’s important for parents to know when their child might be suffering from a sleep disorder.

Both sleep apnea and ADHD can lead to behavioral issues and learning difficulties. For kids with sleep apnea, these symptoms are a result of poor, inconsistent sleep patterns.

Sleep apnea in children might be accompanied by the following behaviors:

  • Snoring
  • Restlessness
  • Odd position while sleeping
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep walking
As with adults, children must undergo a sleep study to determine whether or not they have sleep apnea. If your child is diagnosed with sleep apnea, the specialist can discuss prospective treatment options.

Though some children overcome sleep apnea as their bodies develop, kids who don’t face the risk of stunted growth and ongoing struggles with ADHD-like symptoms. This could result in trouble with a child’s social skills, school performance, and, if left untreated, negatively affect their transition into the teenage years and adulthood.

If you suspect your child is suffering from sleep apnea, don’t delay getting a diagnosis. Please call 1 (866) 727-6275 (1-8-NO-PAP-MASK) to find a local sleep specialist in your area today.

posted by Admin at 8:36 AM