Does your child suffer from any of these condition?

  • Snoring
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep apnea
  • Bed wetting
  • Clumsiness
  • Teeth grinding
  • Speech difficulties
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Behavior problems
  • Poor decision
  • Allergies/infections
  • Irritability
  • Poor concentration
  • Asthma symptoms
  • Risk-taking

The Hidden Thief in Your Child’s Bedroom

Child sleep problems are hard to detect because they can remain hidden behind so many other childhood difficulties.
Like a thief in the night, disrupted sleep robs your child of the rest needed for healthy growth and development.
The chart above lists some of the ailments that disrupted sleep can create.Unfortunately, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), most pediatricians are not prepared to deal with sleep disorders. In 2011, the AAP conducted a study showing that among pediatricians:

  • More than 80% had no formal sleep disorders training
  • More than 83% did not feel confident in providing guidance concerning children’s sleep problems
  • More than 86% failed to answer questions about snoring and sleep apnea correctly.

That’s one reason why childhood sleep problems remain severely underdiagnosed. Instead, we find terms such as ADD/ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder gaining in popularity. Meanwhile, treatments for these misdiagnosed symptoms are not sufficient because the underlying sleep problems remain untreated.

Effects of Child Sleep Problems

Child sleep issues are more common than you may think. A National Sleep Foundation survey found that almost 70% of kids ten-years old and under have had a sleep issue of some sort.
Studies have also shown that up to 50 percent of kids aged 3 – 5 years suffer from sleep problems such as short sleep duration, sleep-disordered breathing, and behavioral sleep problems. These conditions are difficult to detect because parents are usually not aware of the telltale signs. If a sleep disorder remains untreated, your child may suffer from:

  • Irritability
  • Behavioral issues
  • Learning difficulties
  • Poor academic performance.

Also, some studies have shown that sleep problems may lead
to the following long-term effects:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Diminished cognitive function
  • Increased likelihood of requiring special education
  • Obesity
  • Asthma

The good news is that we can prevent these long-term effects with early identification and proper medical treatment.

Signs of Child Sleep Problems

Watch for these symptoms as they are common signs that your child may be having sleep issues:

  • Excessive Daytime Sleepiness
  • Trouble Sleeping or Staying Asleep
  • Nightmares
  • Bedwetting
  • Sleepwalking
  • Snoring

If you notice your child exhibiting these symptoms, he or she might be suffering from a sleep disorder.
If you want to learn more about conditions related to or caused by child sleep problems, check out the links at the top of this page, starting with ADD/ADHD.

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