Sleep Apnea can be defined as a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. Most of the time it is characterized by long pauses in breathing, much tossing and turning in the bed, chronic mouth breathing during sleep, and night sweats. Strangely enough, even with these symptoms at the forefront of our thoughts, many people are unaware that they have this disorder. Even more people are unaware that their child may suffer from this as well. Many people may just dismiss what could be a serious disorder as rough sleep.
Diagnosis early enough in children can help to prevent a lifetime of discomfort, as learning difficulties and behavior problems can be the consequence of chronic fragmented sleep. Bed-wetting, sleepwalking, retarded growth, other hormonal and metabolic problems, and even failure to thrive can be related to sleep apnea.
As with any health disorder there are ways to minimize their effects on you or the body, mind, and spirit of your affected children. Early diagnosis is key, so discuss any symptoms with your doctor.