The University of Arizona researchers studied 263 children at two different time periods in their young lives approximately five years apart. Among children who continued to suffer from OSA into their teens, they found a higher rate of problems with attention, hyperactivity, aggressiveness, difficulties controlling their emotions and managing social
situations, as well as a diminished capacity to independently care for themselves.
If this goes untreated, sleep apnea can negatively impact a teen’s ability to regulate their behavior and emotions, causing social problems in school and with families.
Parents play a vital role in helping teens get the sleep that they need. You should pay close attention to how your son or daughter sleeps, acts, and feels. They will give you signs that show they are not getting enough sleep.
Does your Teen shows any of the following signs?
- Has trouble waking up most mornings
- Acts irritable in the early afternoon
- Falls asleep easily during the day
- Has a sudden drop in grades
- Sleeps for very long periods on the weekends
A lack of sleep can often be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some young people are thought to have ADHD when in reality they are having a problem with their sleep. Both of these problems share many of the same signs.
Make an appointment at our office to have your Teen tested for Sleep Apnea. We have seen many of our young patients have an increased quality of life when using our sleep apnea appliance. The Teen years can be difficult enough without having them suffer from a problem that can be helped.