Even small breathing disturbances can hugely affect children’s academic performance, behavior, social relationships, and extracurricular activities. For most of us, unimpeded breathing occurs automatically throughout the day. However, we spend approximately one-third of our lives asleep, and the way we breathe during this time can have significant implications on the quality of our waking hours.
Sleep-disordered breathing affects a large part of the population. Sleep-disordered breathing includes:
Mouth breathing – affecting 55% of children (to read more about the trouble with mouth breathing, click here).
Primary snoring – affecting up to 35% of children
Obstructive sleep apnea – affecting up to 5% of children