It is estimated that 3 to 12 percent of children snore. Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing is common in children and wreaks a heavy toll when the fragmented sleep condition persists.
• Causes bed-wetting, sleep-walking, failure to thrive, childhood obesity, delayed growth, and other hormonal and metabolic problems.
• 25 percent of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be having symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and much of their difficulty learning and behavioral problems are thus the consequence of chronic fragmented sleep.
• Loud snoring, often with gasping, choking, and snorts.
• Long pauses in breathing while sleeping (longer than two breath cycles).
• Excessive sweating at night because of the strain of trying to breathe.
• Waking up with headaches and daytime sleepiness, irritability, hyperactivity, and difficulty concentrating.