What is sleep apnea, and effects of it in children?Apnea is a disorder related to sleep, where one cannot be able to breathe appropriately. The disorder is also known as SDB. Research HAS Shown that a percentage of two of the total kids, majorly in the U.S are affected so much with this condition. This is a report filed by a sleep Academy based in the United States. The relationship between ADHD and apnea has been outlined due to the research done and made aware for people to know and learn about it. However, this study is known to use its own reports by assessing the ability of children to adapt to new conditions.

About the study

Published in the SLEEP journal, in April’s issue, sleep was analyzed and the findings based on research from 263 kids from Arizona, whom their sleeping habits were assessed by Tucson [TuCASA]. The research was done for 5 good years. Kids from age 6 to 11 were studied and made sure that they had completed their sleeping studies which were done overnight. To add on that, test series that were standard on neurobehavioral were conducted both at the beginning and at the end of the 5 year research. Questions about the children’s sleep patterns were posted to the children’s parents.

Four categories of the children were established; those who had never experienced apnea, those who had it once and never had the second one, those who experienced an onset that was new [second time] lastly to those who experienced it persistently.

One of the findings was that kids who experienced the second time had greater chances [4] of developing some of the problems related to apnea. It was also found that the possibility rose by 6 if the disorder persisted.

A number of problems were reported by parents with kids who had the disorder. The problems were related to, adaptation to new conditions, paying attention, caring for themselves and their activeness. To add on that, their performance in school was also altered, they seemed to get poor grades, which were basically C and below.

Doctors are able to get vital information from the study when dealing with treating the kids according to how the parents would like t to be, in accordance with the options given.  Some of the behavioral diseases are worth considering that are connected to SBD. This information is given by Dr. Perfect Michelle who is the ringleader in the study as well as a Psychology assistant professor based in Arizona University found in Tucson.

Apnea and snoring

One of the causes of snoring is apnea and is a major one. Snoring happens when the tissues found at the throat’s back tend to relax a lot. The relaxation blocks the airway by collapsing the tissues into it. Suffocation occurs temporarily, cutting short oxygen supply. By suffocating, the brain is summoned to be awake. This disorder is known to get very intense and more than a hundred of times do interrupt sleep. The less oxygen supply can lead to fatigue the following day.

Kids with this disorder are known to have tonsils that are quite large compared to those without the disorder. The adenoids are similar size to the tonsils when it comes to having the apnea problem. These conditions are the ones that make the kids snore at maximum sound. The one and only way of helping the kids with this problem, is by removing them surgically [Tonsillectomies]. The second option is the usage of CPAP; this is a therapy that deals with controlling the pressure in the airways. The two methods are the most efficient ways to treat the kids according to the researchers.

Sleep apnea in puberty

Sleep apnea is known to reduce at a great deal as one gets into puberty, it is not advisable to wait for some sort of disease to grow then spend a lot of cash on it, when you would have treated it at an earlier stage. This is recommended for parents who would like to see their children grow in a healthy manner and bring home great grades.

For the school going kids, their teachers and other personnel that they interact with, should be made aware of these problems. One of the most annoying would be hyperactivityness as well as learning problems and too much emotions portrayed by the kids in the classroom.

The New- York Times suggestion on this issue is that, medication should be offered for this problems related to ADHD. They suggest that sleep stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall should be administered to them for they can be able to increase the deprivation of sleeping.