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What is sleep apnea and what causes it?

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People with sleep apnea have brief episodes when they stop breathing, though they don't know it. These episodes can happen frequently throughout the night. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are the most common causes of sleep apnea in children. But obesity and chronic allergies can also be a cause. As with adults, children with sleep apnea will be tired during the day. They may have problems concentrating and might have other symptoms related to lack of sleep. For instance, they may be irritable.

From: ADHD and Sleep Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Is It ADHD, Sleep Deprivation, or Both?"

PsychCentral.com: "Sleep Aid for Adult ADHD."

Sleep for Kids: "Common Sleep Disorders Linked to ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 28, 2016

SOURCES:

National Sleep Foundation: "Is It ADHD, Sleep Deprivation, or Both?"

PsychCentral.com: "Sleep Aid for Adult ADHD."

Sleep for Kids: "Common Sleep Disorders Linked to ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 28, 2016

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