ADHD and OSA
The Relationship between ADHD and OSA
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that is primarily found in older folks. The sleeping disorder is often linked to other diseases and health issues such as stroke, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Although OSA is found in the older community, a new study finds that sleep apnea is present in children and has a fairly large impact on children’s behaviors and learning abilities.
The study consisted of 263 children over the course of a five year period with the help of parental rating scales. The study showed that some children who had an occurrence of sleep apnea which developed during the study and other children who suffered from persistent sleep apnea during the entire course of the study. There were also a number of children who originally suffered from sleep apnea, but managed to overcome the sleeping disorder during the five-year follow-up. Researchers reported that children with an occurrence of sleep apnea were four to five times more likely to have problems with their behavior, while children with more persistent sleep apnea were six times more likely to have behavior issues. Children with persistent sleep apnea were also seven times more likely to have learning difficulties reported by their parents and three times more likely to receive average or below average grades in school.
The results in this study were presented with the help of the parents. There are many theories and studies on what affects children’s learning and social behaviors growing up. There is no single-theory or umbrella-explanation that can cover how children’s behaviors are affected. The takeaway of this study is that sleep apnea is a serious disorder often overlooked with a “wait and see” attitude, and it is important to diagnose if you or your children have the sleeping disorder before it produces various health problems. There are many risks associated with OSA, so the sooner it gets treated the less likely health problems will arise, and in this case, less likely your child’s behavior will be negatively affected. Learn more about obstructive sleep apnea to find out if you or your child is at risk.