Getting Proper Care For Your Family
Sleep apnea is common among both children and adults, and significantly affects their sleep patterns as well as everyday lifestyles. This condition causes the person suffering to wake up during the night due to an obstruction in their airway. The symptoms affect each patient differently depending on the severity of their condition.
Not everyone understands sleep apnea, which has caused many people to be misdiagnosed with ADHD. This misdiagnosis is most common in children due to the behaviors they portray when they’re tired, and because they might not be able to communicate their symptoms to doctors as well as adults can.
If someone in your family is suffering from one of these conditions, it’s important that you understand the conditions in order to receive proper care.
Understanding the Similarities
Sleep apnea and ADHD are two common disorders that are known to share similar symptoms. Doctors who aren’t fully educated on the conditions might diagnosis people with ADHD simply because they’re restless during the day.
Children naturally have short attention spans, so when they’re tired it may decrease even more. Since they’re having trouble focusing in school and easily become irritable around teachers and peers, doctors will often diagnose them with ADHD based on these actions alone.
If you feel the root of your child’s behavior may be deeper than what appears on the service, it’s crucial that you communicate this with their doctor.
Additionally, people who are suffering from sleep apnea often experience mood swings and decreased energy levels, which may result in irritability and difficulty concentrating.
Seeking and Receiving Adequate Treatment
When patients are misdiagnosed with ADHD, their sleep apnea condition can worsen and lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, depression, or diabetes.
In order for your local physician to accurately diagnose your condition, they’ll recommend that you participate in a sleep study. During this test, you’ll stay overnight in a facility while your sleep is monitored. They’ll track your REM cycle and look for triggers that may be causing your symptoms.
Once you receive the diagnosis from your sleep specialist, you can schedule your no-obligation consultation with Dr. Reece. This is where you’ll further describe you or your loved one’s symptoms, and ask Dr. Reece to address any questions or concerns you have about the condition.
Our staff values each and every one of our patients and will work with you to find a convenient and efficient treatment,
Contact Dr. Reece at our Bryan, TX location to end the confusion and get back to living a normal lifestyle.