Mouth Breathing and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
What are the symptoms of Hyperactivity (ADHD)?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is the hyperactive and impulsive type of ADHD. It is thought that 2 to 4 percent of children have this condition, and a shocking 50 percent of children with this condition are on some form of prescription medication. Not only is it seen in children, but adults can have it as well.
Children with ADHD have six or more of the following symptoms, some of which start before they reach seven years of age:
- Talks incessantly
- Fidgety or squirmish in seat
- On the go or acts as if on sugar rush
- Leaves seat in the classroom or other situations when expected to remain seated
- Runs or climbs when it is inappropriate
- Plays loudly
- Interrupts or intrudes on others
- Blurts out answers before questions are completed
- Difficulty waiting for turn or cutting into lines
- Finish people’s sentences before they can finish themselves
No one knows exactly what causes ADHD, but certain things are known to play a role, including brain biochemical imbalances, environmental, dietary toxins, and allergic conditions. One possible explanation that doesn’t receive much attention is from lack of deep quality sleep.
Does your child breath through his/her mouth more than his/her nose? Mouth breathing is most common between two and 7 years of age but can start as early as the breastfeeding age. Breathing through the mouth while sleeping is a serious and damaging habit that can cause disastrous and lifelong effects on craniofacial development and overall health. It may seem like a harmless habit, but mouth breathing leads to restless sleep, snoring, and sleep apnea (abnormally long pauses in breathing during sleep) and disrupts ideal brain development and produce changes in the prefrontal cortex that can have profound and far-reaching effects in terms of attention, behavior and learning abilities as well as anxiety and depression.
According to a 2012 study in Pediatrics, children who snore or who have other sleep disordered breathing conditions have 50–100 percent increased symptoms of hyperactivity . Behavioral sleep problems can impair daytime function in ways that mimic ADHD’s manifestations.
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