Sleepiness in children linked to obesity, asthma

EDS or excessive daytime sleepiness may be related to obesity, anxiety and asthma rather than sleep apnea. EDS is highly prevalent in children according to a study conducted at the Sleep Research and Treatment Center. Medication for asthma, waist measurement of the child, parent – reported anxiety, depression, sleep difficulties such as restless sleep, trouble falling asleep, waking often during the night are associated with EDS.

EDS is the inability to stay awake during the day, while sleep-disordered breathing is a group of disorders that includes sleep apnea, characterized by pauses in breathing. “EDS may interfere with daytime functioning in children, including academic

What’s striking is that the size of the waist of the child alone was a contributing factor in predicting EDS in the child. Thus metabolic factors were found to be contributing to EDS. Weight loss, treatment of anxiety symptoms, and management of nightly asthmatic prevention methods (if the child is asthmatic) would be the first step to treat EDS. ┬áSleep apnea is differentiated from EDS by it’s disordered breathing patterns, including pauses in breathing.

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