Sleep Disorders in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Your pediatrician or an ear, nose, and throat specialist can determine whether your child’s tonsils are enlarged enough to possibly block the airway and cause sleep apnea. To confirm the diagnosis, the child may get a sleep study that’s done in a special laboratory. Not every child with enlarged tonsils or with loud snoring has sleep apnea. Surgery is the treatment of choice for kids with enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Other treatments are available for those with restricted nighttime breathing due to allergies or other causes. Is restless legs syndrome related to ADHD?
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When school-age children have sleep problems
“But if you look at their brain waves, for brief periods they’re no longer asleep. … If you look at the entire sleep architecture, it is highly fragmented, so the quality (of sleep) is poor.” When the child is awake, he can suffer physical discomfort such as pain, tingling and numbness, especially when sitting still. Symptoms become more frequent in the evening.
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In those who didn’t have primary sleep disorders, just under 90% met the criteria for at least one measurable sleep problem. Researchers identified four different groups based on sleep abnormalities. They were: Group 1: Slower to get to sleep, delayed Rapid Eye Movement (REM), lower percentages of stage 2 and REM sleep; Group 2: More frequent awakenings; Group 3: Longer total sleep time, less delayed REM sleep, higher percentage of REM sleep, lower percentage of wake time; Group 4: Shortest total sleep time, highest percentage of wake time after sleep onset. Researchers concluded that doctors need to routinely screen for sleep disorders when considering an ME/CFS diagnosis, and that they should use sleep studies to identify sleep problems and tailor treatments to the specific groups. What kind of sleep problems do you have?
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