What if ADHD was actually be more a symptom of poor sleep quality than a genetic or chemical deficiency? In the groups of professionals who study human sleep patterns and sleep-breathing disorders, there is growing evidence that ADHD may be a misdiagnosis – or missed diagnosis – of sleep disorders. What if…?
Children should not snore. If they do, they’re not breathing properly. It would certainly be worth investigating further to discover the source of their sleep breathing disorder. Obvious things to screen for would be constricted airway caused by enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids and sinus blockage.
Healthy sleep hygiene allows the natural flow through sleep cycles the body needs to heal and regenerate. Breathing irregularities may cause the child to constantly arouse during the night, keeps them at a shallower level of sleep, and prevents the very valuable REM stage of sleep.
This leaves the child drowsy throughout the day, restless, cross and irritable, and unable to focus on tasks at home or school. Sound familiar?
Check out this article and let us know what you think. Dr. James Moreau of MoreSMILES Dental is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and would love to hear from you if this article leaves you wanting to know more.