Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Radio Show for February 19

Posted on 19 Feb 2012 - 7:44 AM by Dr. Brian Wind

This week The Sleep Doctors are talking about kids and sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is pretty common in the adult population, and often goes undiagnosed. The same is true for kids! Children and adolescents can also have sleep apnea. Sid, a 13-year-old boy who suffered from severe sleep apnea, will be with us to discuss his experience.

Sid is a real live kid; he is 13 years old and he himself has been through the entire process of diagnosing and treating sleep apnea. Sid, with the permission of his parents, has agreed to come into the studio and talk about his experience with sleep apnea, in the interest of helping to educate you our listeners about the signs of sleep apnea in kids, the dangers of leaving it untreated, and the reward of getting sleep apnea fixed. You can learn more about Sid’s experience in the following video.

The Sleep Doctors will discuss ways to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea in kids and treatment options with Sid this week.  Tune in!

Sleep in the News

Since we are talking about kids and sleep apnea, we’ll reference several news articles that you can read below.  The first is about the symptoms of sleep apnea in children from and the second is from ABC News:

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea in Children

Recognizing the signs of sleep apnea in kids

And there is evidence that supports that Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) therapy does help kids like it does adults.  This article is from Sleep Review Magazine:

PAP Therapy Improves Neurobehavioral Outcomes in Children with OSA

We already have concerns that our kids are not getting enough sleep and the problem is only getting worse.  We’ll discuss the following article released this week from News Channel 5:

Concerns over kids’ shut-eye an age-old problem

With time permitting this week, The Sleep Doctors will answer a question received from the website from Gary. Gary writes:

My spouse (female,54 years old, weight guestimate 200lb, height 5’ 7”) has
sleep apnea so bad it is unbelievable. I listen to her every night. She
stops breathing, snorts a couple of times and then starts breathing again. I
elbow her and she will turn on her side and sleep ok for a while. If I can
get to sleep during this period I can usually make it through the night.
Otherwise, she will flip back on her back and start the whole process again.
I describe these sleep irregularities to her and she does not believe me. I
understand there a lot of other health issues associated with sleep
disorders and am concerned about the future.

The Sleep Doctors will also have another trivia question for you so call in with the correct answer to win a Sleep Doctors gift pack!  Tune in and call in at 9a on Sunday morning!  We have the answer to your sleep questions!