Long-Term Implications of Childhood Sleep Apnoea

childrenSleep apnoea is a sleeping disorder that affects immeasurable adults and youngsters every year. This problem is characterised by temporary pauses in respiration throughout the night. Apnoea can prevent a person from feeling refreshed every day. In youngsters, the health effects of apnoea will be notably serious. An article from http://techandscience.com has featured facts about sleep apnoea including its definition, signs and symptoms to watch out for, and the long-term effects of the disorder on children.

  • Sleep apnoea affects 18 million adults and about two or three percent of children.

  • Children who have large tonsils are slightly more likely to suffer from sleep apnoea.

  • Children who have enlarged lymph nodes are also at higher risk of contracting the disorder.

  • Other factors that increase the likelihood of sleep apnoea are obesity, exposure from cigarette smoke, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, a large tongue or small jaw or facial structure, and having less muscle tone.

  • A child with sleep apnoea typically stops breathing for a period longer than 10 seconds. These pauses in breath can happen up to 70 times per hour, reducing a person's oxygen levels, and causing the body to respond as if it were choking.

  • In children, sleep apnoea gives rise to the following signs and symptoms: loud snoring that's often accompanied by gasping, choking sound, long pauses in breathing while sleeping, excessive sweating at night (caused by the strain on the body from trying to breathe) and waking up with headaches or daytime sleepiness, crankiness, and moodiness.

  • In some cases, nightmares, frequent bed-wetting, sleeping in strange positions, and sleeping with the mouth open may also be linked to, or caused by, sleep apnoea.

  • Undiagnosed sleep apnoea in children can cause learning disabilities, memory trouble, developmental struggles, and behavioural problems.

  • Sleep apnoea can also delay growth, and result in heart problems and high blood pressure.

  • The child may lose interest in school, have difficulties controlling his or her emotions, and may distance herself or himself from friends. This can lead to long-term frustration and deep depression.

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Somnowell Inventor - Visiting Professor Simon Ash FDS MSc MOrth BDS

Prof. Ash is the inventor of the highly successful SOMNOWELL Chrome device for snoring and sleep apnoea.

The Somnowell Chrome is made to exacting standards in the Somnowell laboratory under the supervision of Visiting Professor Simon Ash. Prof. Ash and his master technicians create each Somnowell Chrome device using their wealth of experience and expertise.

Prof. Ash works at the forefront of his profession. He is a Consultant and Specialist Orthodontist with over 30 years clinical experience, with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders, TMJD, and bruxism. He currently works in Harley Street London and two private hospitals in London as part of a multi-disciplinary team managing snoring and sleep apnoea, and is Visiting Professor of Orthodontics at the BPP University.