It’s been known for a while that the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea in children differ from those in adults.  Children tend to suffer from more irritability and erratic behavior, and are, at times, misidentified as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

The New Jersey Star Ledger recently ran a very interesting article that merits reading by anyone either in the position of diagnosing ADHD or who is unsure of their child’s diagnosis.  The story can be found at:

http://blog.nj.com/parentalguidance/2008/09/sleep_deprivation_causes_adhd.html

Steve Gardner

The Sleep Wellness Institute

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