What are Children’s Sleep Disorders?
Just like adults, children can present with a range of sleep disorders. These can include:
- Bed wetting
- Sleep walking
- Nightmares & night terrors
- Sleep apnoea.
Common signs of children’s sleep disorders
Getting the right amount of sleep is important for a child’s developing body. It is important to take note of children’s sleep patterns and habits as untreated sleep disorders can result in poor performance in school, during extracurricular activities and in social relationships.
Sleep disorders in children can can present as:
- Snoring, gasping or snorting while asleep
- Teeth grinding
- Breathing pauses during sleep
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Problems with sleeping through the night
- Difficulty staying awake during the day
- Unexplained decrease in daytime performance
- Unusual events during sleep such as sleepwalking or nightmares.
What causes children’s sleep disorders?
Just like sleep disorders in adults, a number of factors can contribute to sleep disturbance. These can include a lack of regular exercise, stress, excess weight and poor sleep habits.
Some sleep disorders in children are caused by dental problems including snoring, or the pain resulting from a TMJ disorder or a misaligned jaw.
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How are children’s sleep disorders diagnosed?
An accurate diagnosis of sleep disorders in children is important for treatment. Diagnosis can involve several medical professionals. For more information about the diagnosis of sleep disorders click here.
Should I be concerned if my child has sleep disorder symptoms?
If you suspect that your child has a sleep disorder, you should seek advice from your treating medical practitioner. If you are concerned that your child has a sleeping disorder related to dental problems, book an assessment with us today for a comprehensive assessment.