We would all like for sleep to be the most natural thing in the world, but sometimes children have serious sleep issues and even sleep disorders. According to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation, 69% of children experience one or more sleep problems at least a few nights per week. A number of scientific studies have indicated a correlation in children between sleep disorders and mood, behavior and learning difficulties—even bullying!
Good sleep for children is a foundation for good health, good development and good habits throughout life.
Things to watch for as signs or symptoms of sleep disorder in your child:
- Snoring, noisy breathing, pauses in breathing
- Teeth grinding
- Difficulty waking in the morning
- Frequent awakenings
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Sleep walking, talking or other unusual behaviors
- Enuresis (bedwetting)
- Falling asleep in class
- Poor concentration
- Growth or developmental delays
- Mood changes
- Increased accidents or injuries
- Behavior problems
Of particular concern is pediatric sleep apnea, a condition where a child’s upper airway narrows during sleep and causes interrupted breathing and interrupted sleep. Pediatric sleep apnea is often undiagnosed and can be life threatening; at the very least it can lead to serious mental and physical developmental issues. It may be caused by enlarged adenoids or tonsils, but other conditions such as muscle weakness, overweight and head or facial abnormalities may cause sleep apnea in children.
If your child suffers from persistent sleep issues, it’s time to consider seeking professional help. Clayton Sleep provides treatment for sleep disorders in children ages two and older and will coordinate all care with your pediatrician. But remember, you don’t need a doctor’s referral for a sleep assessment for your child. The sleep professionals at CSI welcome your calls at 314-645-5855. We will help your child achieve better sleep.