A study present at the recent AASM (American Academy of Sleep Medicine) in San Antonio of 163 overweight children between the ages of 10 and 17 found those with moderate to severe apnea — a chronic blocking of the airways that disrupts normal sleep patterns — got a half-letter grade lower on report cards than those without apnea.The study, presented Tuesday in San Antonio at the 24th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, was one of several presentations that linked sleep problems with poor performance in school.
A study released Monday at the meeting found preschool children whose parents set regular bedtimes had higher language, reading and math skills.
This may not sound like a big differenc until you realize that the effect is cummulative over a life time and starting at a young age, the damage will be much worse even devastating.
Children who snore, breath through their mouth while they sleep or exhibit excessive tiredness should be checked by their physician for sleep apnea or airway obstructions such as large tonsils or adenoids.
Dr Lowrance is a local dentist in Corpus Christi who treats children with diagnosed sleep apnea using oral appliances. He is a member of the AASM and the AADSM.