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Hello Everyone.

I am writing from personal experience and because sleep disorders are so overlooked in not only adults, but children as well. ADD and ADHD is a common misdiagnosis for one of the prevalent symptoms in children suffering from sleep apnea and extreme sleep deprivation.

My son is four years old and has severe sleep apnea and hyponea. I was told by four different pediatricians that sleep disorders do not effect children. They were WRONG!!! Most non-specialized physicians have only had a fifteen minute seminar on sleep disorders and as a result DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR! They just treat the symptoms drawn to their attention. Sleep disorders can be diagnosed as early as six months.
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Sleep apnea is important to diagnose and treat in children, especially.[/B] It was after being diagnosed for sleep apnea myself and treating every possible physical cause.. adnoidectomy and ear tubes to treat fluid retained hearing loss and chronic ear infections as well as a tonsillectomy to regulate snoring and chronic sinus issues in my son that our family ENT finally suggested that I should look into a sleep study for him, because snoring persisted.

So here it goes: [B]IF your child has any of these symptoms or all consult a sleep specialist.[/B]
1) If your child is young than 8 and snores, the child most likely has obstructive sleep apnea(OSA). Children under the age of 8 should not snore.
2) Gasps for breath or appears to hold their breath in their sleep. (OSA again)
3) Grinds there teeth, sleep walks, wakes more than once a night after the age of two.. OSA once again.
4) Has had a depression of their growth rate.
5) Chronic ear and respiratory infections.
6) Poor behavior and attention span.. hyper activity.. insomnia.. these are signs of extreme sleep deprivation and OSA once again.

I am not saying ADD and ADHD are not valid diagnoses, but if even one child has sleep apnea and was over looked due to ignorance; I hope this post might catch them.

My son's poor behavior change over night. His lack of growth has stopped and in his month and a half on his CPAP: he has grown 1.5 inches, sleeps through the night, and can control his mood swings and temper. My sleep MD think that my son has had sleep apnea all his life and luckily, it has been caught early enough any lost growth and development can be recovered.

Sleep apnea is also genetically linked.. so if your child does have it... it came from someone directly in line with them. [B]It is estimated that 2 out of 100 children have sleep apnea and less than 1 out of 5000 have been caught and treated appropriately.[/B]

Sincerely,
MG
I just found I have sleep apnea. I haven't yet gotten the CPAP, but am hoping the brain fog that I've thought was ADD all these years will improve. I'm pretty sure that it will.
I have a very unpredictable sleep cycle; but I don't have sleep apnea (I know because I recorded myself and I don't snore). It's just I don't know when I'll next be tired... sometimes I sleep for six hours, sometimes ten... Just randomness. Poor circadian rhythm. I'm trying light therapy right now.

Could be a feature of Asperger's and not just ADHD, though. Lots of Aspies have weird sleep cycles.
Thyme2b and Callista,

Thank-you for your replies. Any reason for sleep deprivation can cause depression, fatigue, mood swings, difficulty learning and retaining information.. and much more. I am glad that you have identified your sleep problems and are working on resolving them.

I was thrilled that two.. TWO more students(2 and 4 years of age) at my son's school have now been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are undergoing the ENT tonsillectomies and adnoidectomies in conjunction with treatment for respiratory ills and OSA. The therapy and meds that they were just trying were making matters worse.

I am not thrilled they have the problem, but that the information I provided the other parents and the teachers at his school have made them aware that there can be other sources of behavioural issues and not to dispense a blanket lable of ADD and ADHD.
It is so important to diagnose and catch sleep disorders as soon as possible.

Psyciatrists are probably some of the least educated medical porfessional when it comes to sleep disorders in my personal opinion and should only be used as a last resort. School councilors and teachers no even less about sleep disorders unless they have persononal experience in the area. I feel medication and psychiatry are only to be used when all other avenues are exhausted.

I am hoping that this post will help other parents and adults out there that may just not know about the effects forced sleep deprivation can have on ones mind and body.

Once again thank-you for your replies and visitations to this post.

Sincerely,
MG
[QUOTE=Callista;2894808]I have a very unpredictable sleep cycle; but I don't have sleep apnea (I know because I recorded myself and I don't snore). It's just I don't know when I'll next be tired... sometimes I sleep for six hours, sometimes ten... Just randomness. Poor circadian rhythm. I'm trying light therapy right now.

Could be a feature of Asperger's and not just ADHD, though. Lots of Aspies have weird sleep cycles.[/QUOTE]Callista, I did the same thing. I recorded myself and did not snore. Then I started dating someone and he said I didn't snore. So, guess what?! You can have sleep apnea and not snore. Most people who have it don't know that they have it. You need a test to know for sure.
True snoring is an indicator, but not a requirement for sleep apnea. Since my son and I had tonsillectomies and adnoidectomies.. we do not snore, but we still have sleep apnea. Your tongue or uvula/soft pallet may be collapsing and cutting off your air flow. Snoring is normally a sign of enlarged tonsils.

MG
Hope people are finding this helpful.
MG
thyme2b,

How is your CPAP treating you? At my sons school three previously troubled children that were being treated for ADD/ADHD have now be diagnosed with guess what.. OSA. All three had tonsillectomies and adnoidectomies which managed the problem. Another home run for personal research and information passing.

Always get a second opinion.

Sincerely,
MG
I am actually 22 and have recently been having fogginess in my head. I have been diagnosed with ADD but have feared recently that this may be a mis diagnsosis. I have realized I am very tired alot and could sleep a ton no matter how much sleep I got the night before.

I don't think that I snore, but I also sleep on my stomach. My wife has never mentioned any problems with my snoring. The thing that caught my eye with this article is that I have always had probelms with my ears. I had cronic ear issue that lead to a surgery when I was 10 and another when I was 11. I currently have an ear infection and was wondering how intertwined these may be.
They can be very intertwined. You may have hyponea versus full blown obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring is a sign, but you do not have to have it to have sleep apnea. The only way to know for sure is to get evaluated by a sleep specialist near you... Also get checked out by an ENT.. your problems may be structural.

I have posted a thorough sleep hygiene post on the sleep disorders board as well. But allergies, and sinus trouble can cause periodic versus chronic sleep disorders. Another aggravant is acid reflux. It is worth checking into versus labeling the symptoms without truely identifying the cause.

Sincerely,
MG





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