Proper sleep is critical in the growth and development of children and teens. Many studies have shown that children and teens are not getting the sleep required to achieve peak performance and health. Sleep patterns can be affected by schedules packed with schooling, activities, parents working varied hours, and family dynamics.
Sleep disorders such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Parasomnias also known as Night Terrors, Periodic Limb Movement Syndrome (PLMS), Narcolepsy, and Insomnia are common childhood sleep disorders. These disorders should be ruled out as they can lead to other issues now and later in life. The consequences of improper sleep can lead to poor school performance, poor physical development, and behavior issues such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The diagnosis and treatment of a child’s sleep disorder is a key factor to their future physical, mental, and emotional growth. The comprehensive diagnostic services at Advantage Sleep Centers provide parents and physicians with the medical information necessary to create the most successful plan of treatment that will have a life-long effect.
What are the effects of insufficient or interrupted sleep?
- Poor academic performance
- Behavioral issues
- Weight gain
- Chronic fragmented sleep affects the child and the entire family
What are the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder in children and young adults?
- Acting out/hyperactivity
- Falling asleep during school or activities
- Night terrors
- Periodic leg or arm movements (flailing)
- Trouble waking up in the morning