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Main Points
Severe snoring is one of the most common and easily treatable causes of hyperactivity in children.

It is, however, surprisingly difficult to recognize -- which is why the AcuSleep test can dramatically change lives for the better.

Links between Hyperactivity and Snoring
All parents know that sleep has a huge effect on the behavior of children.

Medical research has collected much evidence linking snoring and hyperactivity, including:

  • One in four children with mild attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) snores. 
  • Children who snore are more hyperactive than children who don't.
  • Treating severe snoring can lessen or eliminate hyperactivity.
The usual treatment for snoring in children is simple removal of the tonsils and adenoids. In some cases this treatment allows children to discontinue the medications they took to control their ADHD.
Snoring vs. Sleep Apnea
Snoring may be a sign that sleep apnea is present.

But recent studies have linked hyperactivity and isolated snoring. 

This is a very important discovery. In other words, children who snore are more hyperactive (on average) even when the children test negative for sleep apnea.

Doctors routinely treat children who have sleep apnea, but until recently there has been no suggestion that snoring, by itself, deserves treatment. Because of these recent studies, however, experts now believe existing guidelines for the treatment of children with isolated snoring need re-examination.

Bottom line: Testing hyperactive children only for sleep apnea may miss some cases of hyperactivity caused by severe snoring.

Measuring Snoring
It is important to measure snoring, in order to distinguish mild snoring from severe snoring. Mild cases of snoring are less likely to cause hyperactivity.

Pediatric sleep experts warn that measuring snoring is challenging. Just listening to the child is not enough. Snoring comes and goes during the night. It may be present only in the middle of the night -- when parents are not awake to listen. Some parents over-estimate their child's snoring, and some under-estimate.

The AcuSleep Test
The AcuSleep test measures how much your child snores, and whether body position influences snoring.

It is the only validated, in-home snoring measurement test available without a prescription. It is for children ages 4 and up, and has many advantages over other methods of snoring measurement.

The AcuSleep test is easy for you and fun for your child. The results are sent to you in a clear, easy-to-read report and CD-ROM. An additional copy can be sent to your pediatrician.

Benefits of the AcuSleep Test
It is very difficult for a pediatrician to determine whether a child has mild or severe snoring. As a result, too many pediatricians -- even good ones -- do not fully consider that simple sleep problems may cause major daytime problems in children.
The effects of severe snoring on children are so profound that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all children be formally screened for snoring.

Don't wait. Don't let your child fall farther behind each night, or take unnecessary medication. Order the AcuSleep test for your child today.

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