Your Child May Have Sleep Apnea, Not ADHD!
The confusion of the two conditions overlap where they show similar symptoms, however the medicine used to treat ADHD may be exacerbating the issue!
It has been found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the diagnosis of attention hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among children has increased dramatically over the years, as much as 22% from 2003 to 2007! But what if your child is suffering a different problem, one that is much more difficult to diagnose?
The symptoms of sleep apnea and ADHD overlap. Where children do not gain enough sleep, they become twitchy, energetic and obstinate – which results in trouble focusing, sitting still and paying attention for long periods of time; all common symptoms of ADHD.
A recent study has only proven this theory, where researchers followed 11,000 British children over a period of six years. It was found that those who were affected by breathing problems such as snoring, mouth breathing or apnea, were from 40% to 100% more likely to develop behavioral issues that resemble ADHD.
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At Cortes Advanced Dentistry we are committed to helping you achieve a restful night’s sleep…
If you or your children suffer from fatigue, snoring and poor concentration, you may be suffering from sleep apnea! If you feel yourself, your partner or your child may be suffering while you sleep, it is important to book an appointment at our Manhattan dental practice as soon as possible so Dr. Cortes can assess, diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea is associated with a number of potentially life-threatening diseases, including; high blood pressure, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, pulmonary hypertension, type II diabetes, depression, memory loss and numerous other health problems. This is why it is important to seek professional care as soon as possible.
The symptoms of sleep apnea…
If you, your partner or your child suffers from:
- Loud and chronic snoring
- Long pauses in breathing
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Daytime sleepiness
- Waking up with a dry mouth
- Restless or fitful sleep
- Waking up feeling short of breath
- Choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
- Moodiness, irritability, or depression
- Hyperactivity or inattention
- Developmental and growth problems
- Irritable, angry, or hostile behavior
- Breathing through the mouth instead of nose
It is possible your excessive daytime drowsiness and other issues can be linked back to your sleep patterns and ultimately, sleep apnea.