What Happens To Your Body and Brain If You Don’t Get Sleep
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By Dr. Matthew Walker (professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley)
Does your child or someone you love suffer from Mouth breathing, Bedwetting, Snoring, Teeth grinding, ADD/ADHD, Attention problems, Headache, Excessive daytime sleepiness, Allergies, Chronic ear infection, Large Tonsils, Crowding, TMJ clicking/pain, Depression, Anxiety?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states, “Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects approximately 18 million people in the United States and is a common form of sleep-disordered breathing. The condition exists in one to five percent of children and can occur at any age, but may be most common in children ages two to seven. Adult criteria for OSA may be used for patients aged 13-18 years. Early diagnosis and treatment of OSA may decrease morbidity. However, diagnosis frequently is delayed.”
Symptoms of OSA include:
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Loud snoring three or more nights per week
- Episodes of breathing cessation witnessed by another person
- Abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath
- Awakening with dry mouth or sore throat
- Morning headache
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Attention problems
- Mouth breathing
- Waking up a lot
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) also states, “Signs of untreated sleep apnea in school-aged children may include bedwetting and poor school performance due to misdiagnosed ADHD, aggressive behavior, or developmental delay. Rare sequelae of untreated OSA include brain damage, seizures, coma, and cardiac complications. These children also may experience impaired growth.”
Treatment of OSA
Treatment for OSA may be accomplished with either nonsurgical or surgical options.
*****The Vine Kids Dental is using all-natural, non- invasive, and non-pharmaceutical means to address OSA problem by targeting the root cause of sleep disordered breathing including mild-to-moderate sleep apnea. The Vine Kids Dental is focused on healthy sleep, one of the best ways to help our patients achieve overall health and wellness, and natural and healthy growth.
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