My child snores and is hyperactive in school. Is there any relationship?

Our Daddy MD Guide’s reply: Actually, there is. Unlike adults, children with sleep apnea frequently present with an inability to sit still during the day. In the adult, sleepiness and fatigue are the more common presentation. A sleep study and, if positive, an adenotonsillectomy in most children with sleep apnea will reverse these symptoms. Unfortunately, many of these children end up on psychostimulants such as Ritalin. If a child is a habitual snorer with accompanying symptoms, he should be studied.

My son Ben was diagnosed with sleep apnea at six years old. He was cured with an adenotonsillectomy, and his behavioral problems in school improved dramatically.

Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, a dad of 4 children who is board-certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary medicine. He is the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff in Arizona.

Q&A by Wyatt Myers