Sleep Tight, Sleep Right

By Tara Cardoso - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Kids acting up in school and/or having trouble concentrating are often labeled as hyperactive or ADD. But some behavioral problems can easily be cured with a good night's sleep instead of drugs.

We need it, we want it, but we just can't seem to get enough of it -- sleep. Chances are our kids need more sleep, too.

Outside of a hospital, Pediatric Sleep Solvers in Boca Raton is the only place Palm Beach County that does sleep studies.

Cristin Guimond says her 11-year-old son always complained of being tired, but kids should not be snoring. It could mean something is keeping Jack from sleeping soundly, so she took him in for a sleep study.

Doctors found Jack had sleep apnea meaning he would stop breathing during his sleep and wake himself up.

We all know sleep is important, but, doctors say, what many people don't realize is that not getting enough sleep can show itself in other ways like poor school performance and behavioral problems.

There are more then 100 different sleep disorders. Doctors estimate one fourth of all kids have one.

Once you know what the problem is treatment is right around the corner. For Jack, it may mean wearing a sleep apnea mask.

So, what are the warning signs your child may have a sleep problem?

  • Do they snore?
  • Have diabetes?
  • Have trouble concentrating?
  • Do they make bad grades?
  • Have ADD or ADHD?
  • Suffer from allergies?
  • Sleep during the day?
  • Frequently daydream?
  • Have poor eating habits?
  • Have behavioral problems?
  • Have dental problems?

If so, your child may be a candidate for a sleep study. Sleep studies are usually covered by insurance, even medicaid. Ask your pediatrician if you have concerns.