Childhood Sleep Disorders

We sleep about a third of our lives but surprisingly, we know so little about the importance of sleep... especially for young kids.

Sleep disorders in children are largely undiagnosed due to a lack of awareness, even among doctors. In addition, most disorders would naturally outgrow with time and thus, generally dismissed as non-critical. A comprehensive list of sleep disorders can be found here.

One common and serious disorder is "Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome" - its symptoms in children include learning problems, difficulty in concentrating and being underweight/overweight - so if doctors seem clueless about addressing problems listed as sleep apnea symptoms, do consider consulting a sleep specialist - one excellent specialist in Singapore is Dr Lim Li Ling, Medical Director of the Singapore Neurology & Sleep Centre

For more information on sleep disorders, check out an eye-opening book here!


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