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Sleep Apnea in Children, Part 2: Attention and Memory

Posted by Kayla LeFevre on Jul 31, 2018 10:30:00 AM

We all think our own children are the brightest and only want the best for them in their intellectual and academic success. But who would have thought that something as simple as their cute little snore at night could be the reason they struggle behind in school and misbehave at times?

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Topics: sleep and children, circadian rhythm, adhd, sleep hygiene

Sleep Apnea in Children, Part 1: ADHD vs OSA

Posted by Harry Yuan, D.O. on Jul 30, 2018 8:03:00 AM

As humans, there is always a tendency to make mistakes. Doctors can make mistakes when a parent cannot figure out why their child is hyper, inattentive, moody, or impulsive. They act out without a moment’s notice in school and home. For the most part, the diagnoses gravitates towards an ADHD diagnosis. But for children, the symptoms of ADHD and sleep apnea are parallel if you are not asking the right questions.

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Topics: sleep and children, OSA in children, adhd, medication

Sleep and Your Teen

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Apr 27, 2018 2:43:00 AM

It’s well known that some kind of switch seems to get thrown when our precious little ones become teens. Their sleeping patterns or lack there of become things of legend. The vampiric like late hours and the spaced out zombie behavior first thing in the morning is enough to drive any parent up the walls.

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Topics: school, sleep and children, teens, moms

Children's Sleep Study

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Oct 14, 2013 11:00:00 AM

For children, sleep problems tend to get progressively worse overtime if not treated. For instance, night terrors as a toddler might lead to a child who sleepwalks in the future. There are generally two different types of sleep problems; behavioral and physiological. At this point, a sleep study would be assigned to gather additional information for a diagnosis. Parents will also spend the night in the same room but in a different bed during the study.

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Topics: CPAP Masks, alaska sleep clinic, sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, trouble sleeping, sleep study, apnea, children, oral appliance, sleep and children

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children

Posted by Jennifer Christensen on Aug 19, 2013 10:16:00 AM

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) provides some helpful guidelines regarding just how much sleep children need at different stages in their development. Keep in mind that these numbers reflect total sleep hours in a 24-hour period. So if your son or daughter still naps, you'll need to take that into account when you add up his or her typical sleep hours.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA is a breathing disorder that is more commonly known to affect adults (more than 18 million in the US including Alaska). Sleep Disordered Breathing is also causing problems in 12% of children, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Often running in families it is most commonly seen in kids with enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids, which are the lymph nodes in the throat. Obesity is often a factor as well.

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Topics: Snoring, sleep and children

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