The importance of getting “quality sleep” for a growing child is vital to their optimal physical and mental growth and development.
It is a scientific fact that there are many important rejuvenation processes that occur during a proper deep sleep cycle, and it is also now known that only during deep sleep is a child’s natural human growth hormone released, which is critical to proper development.
What happens when a child repeatedly gets a poor quality of sleep night after night? Research now exists that a broad set of symptoms can develop, including ADHD, behavioral issues, bed-wetting, diminished IQ, arrested growth, daytime drowsiness, chronic allergies and more.
One study completed through the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University followed over 11,000 children over six years and found children with Sleep Disordered Breathing, which includes those who snore, breathe through their mouths or have sleep apnea, all have increased risk of developmental disorders including a 50% increase in ADD/ADHD diagnosis as well as decreased IQ.
But now let’s get to the root of the matter. Why do some children not get a satisfactory quality of sleep? It may not be what you expect.
One of the major causes, not known to most doctors and parents, is that many children suffer from underdeveloped jaws and upper airway.
This, in turn, creates a restriction in the airway and when the child tries to sleep, this restricted airway results in a partial or full stoppage of breathing throughout the night.
Every time breathing partially or fully stops, it reduces the oxygen into the body, blood and vital organs, including the brain. This chain reaction, repeated night after night, takes a toll on the growth, health, and behavior of the child.
And as most parents can attest, a child not well-rested acts differently than when they have slept well.
If not addressed, these same conditions and chronic lack of oxygen during sleep can continue into adulthood and be a contributing factor to obstructive sleep apnea, anxiety, depression, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, teeth grinding, migraine headaches and even a decreased life expectancy.
There are many features that can be evaluated to determine the risk of a child or adult's health being impacted by Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Facial, structural, postural and radiographic images, as well as how the teeth line up in the mouth, can all give clues to a treatable underlying condition that could be affecting a child’s health.
By evaluating these features and understanding the impact they can have on a person’s life, it may be possible to prevent significant health issues in the future.
Currently, in America, it is estimated 9 out of 10 children have a condition directly related to Sleep Disordered Breathing and an underdeveloped mouth, more than 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed with ADHD, and 22 million adults have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, although many more go undiagnosed.
With a detailed evaluation by a qualified medical professional, it is possible to identify structures that may be contributing to these conditions and determine if an all-natural, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical solution is right for you or your children.
If you or your child are not sleeping well or demonstrating any of the symptoms mentioned, we invite you to come in for a free evaluation.
Dr. Jeremy Montrose, DMD
At Breathe Correct we diagnose and treat the underlying causes of breathing and sleep-related disorders. For more information visit our website at www.breathecorrect.com or give us a call at (833) NO-APNEA .
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