Featuring Sally Ward, Head of the devision of pediatric pulmonology, medical directory of the sleep laboratory at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles.
- Sleep is just as important as a healthy diet to children
- Poor night sleep can lead to bad grades, having a harder time in class
Misdiagnosis of sleep-related disorders(2:30)
- How to diagnose a child's sleep disorder
- Asking questions to diagnose the sleep-related issue: sleep patterns, complaints (snoring, etc.)
Non-behavoiral sleep disorders
- Destructive sleep apnea - Obesity is the largest contributor, often effects children's education. Destructive sleep apnea is treatable.
Leading causes of sleep disorders in children
- Craniofacial adnormalodies
- Down syndrome (chromosonal adnormalodies)
- Children with large tonsils, adenoids
- Obesity (can lead to asthma)
- Gastroesophageal reflux
Advice to families that are expecting a baby(6:00)
- Have children initiate sleep in the correct environment.
- Review common sudden-infint-death syndrome causes.
- Have more pressure on their air-ways and chest from additional fat, which can lead to sleep apnea.
- Are more likely to have asthma, which can cause coughing in the middle of their sleep.
- Sleep less due to obesity/apnea, which may lead to being less sated when eating due to sporadic leptin levels.
How sleep effects hormones and neurotransmitters(9:00)
What impact does obesity/apnea have on a child's physiology?(10:00)
- Effects mood at home and school
- Sleepier than peers making it hard to interact with others
- At risk for hypertension later in life
- At higher risk for Diabetes