Sunday, January 30, 2011

Children’s sleep problems including sleep apnea

For a lot of children getting enough sleep is a big problem. Getting the children to bed is also a very big problem for the parents especially as they get older. But it has to be dealt with because sleep is very important to emotional as well as physical growth. And children need a lot more sleep than adults. Believe it or not infants usually sleep up to 16 hours a day in 3 to 4 hour intervals. (I know that is hard to believe!). Whereas teenagers should get around 9 hours according to the American Sleep Disorder Association. I doubt if that happens either. As for how much sleep an adult needs is around 7 or hours depending on the person (and depending if you have children). Like you children can also have sleep disorders even the worse kind, sleep apnea, which can appear at any age.

Sleep problems for children

  • Sleep apnea can be found in infants as well as younger children. Blockage is usually due to enlarged tongues. 
  • Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is probably the most well-known sleep problem among kids it also occurs with adults. 
  • Night terror or parasomnia can be a frightening event for children as well as adults. 
  • Snoring is another problem that children and adults have to put up with.

If left untreated sleep disorders in children can cause learning and memory problems as well as behavioral problems. Like adults accidents can also happen more frequently when you are restless and less attentive. Sleep disorders can usually be treated with better sleeping habits such as going to bed at the same time every night, no late night snacks, and maintaining a good sleeping atmosphere in the bedroom.

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