DOES SLEEP APNEA LEAD TO ADHD IN CHILDREN?
Updated: Jan 27, 2022
Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are among the most common diagnoses. There are times, however, when signs such as impulsivity and attention problems might be caused by sleep problems.
Sleep apnea in children is becoming more and more prevalent. It is estimated that 10-20% of children have a nighttime breathing disorder, which includes sleep apnea. Unfortunately, an estimated 90% are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which the muscles at the back of the throat intermittently relax too much, partially or completely blocking the airway.
To help further explain and explore the condition, we have pulled an excerpt from The Dental Diet by Dr. Steven Lin. This book is on the CAFF Recommended Reading List and can be purchased on Amazon.com.