Snoring and Learning Problems
Severe snoring is a curable cause of learning difficulties in children. Without prompt treatment, these difficulties may become permanent. Severe snoring is, however, surprisingly difficult to recognize -- which is why the AcuSleep test can change lives.Links between Learning Difficulties and Snoring
It's common knowledge that even one night of poor sleep makes learning harder. Children with severe snoring may have poor sleep every night. One expert states:Snoring vs. Sleep ApneaEven the absence of discernable daytime symptoms does not rule out a pathologic condition associated with snoring. The snoring "C student" may have been an "A student" were it not for subtle sleep disruption associated with "apparently" benign snoring.That is, even when a child appears healthy and behaves completely normally, it is still possible the child's school performance is being impaired by sleep problems. Snoring's impact on school performance may be permanent (see below). Experts now speak of "irreversible learning deficits" attributable to poor sleep. This adds some urgency to addressing pediatric sleep problems.
Snoring may be a sign that sleep apnea is present. But recent studies (see below) have linked poor school performance and isolated snoring. This is a very important discovery. In other words, children who snore have more learning problems 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 children only for sleep apnea may miss some cases of poor school performance caused by severe snoring.Results of Selected Pediatric Studies
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.Summary
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. For more information, see: