What are the consequences of untreated SDB?

Poor quality sleep has been shown to lead to many other issues such as bed wetting, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder.

Sleep deprivation can cause the child to become moody, inattentive, and disruptive both at home and at school. Classroom and athletic performance may decrease along with overall happiness. The child will lack energy, often preferring to sit in front of the television rather than participate in school and other activities (potentially contributing to obesity).

Snoring in general can be a problem if the child shares a room with a sibling, or during sleepovers.

SDB also causes increased nighttime urine production, and in children, this may lead to bed-wetting. Also, because growth hormone is secreted at night, those with SDB may suffer interruptions causing slow growth or development. Some research identifies SDB as a contributing factor to attention deficit disorders.

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