Does your child snore? Does your child show other signs of disturbed sleep: long pauses in breathing, much tossing and turning in the bed, chronic mouth breathing during sleep, night sweats (owing to increased effort to breathe)? All these, and especially the snoring, are possible signs of sleep apnea, which is commoner among children than is generally recognized. It's estimated than 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea, many of them being between 2 and 8 years old.
Sleep Apnea Increases Risk for ADHD-Like Behaviors. Many children and adults with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) experience sleep difficulties. Problems with sleep can range from chronic difficulties falling asleep to frequent night-time awakenings to difficulty in morning awakening. Adults often report that inadequate sleep at night leads to daytime drowsiness and problems in maintaining the necessary alertness sufficient for completing daily tasks, which looks like ADHD