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Do sleep disorders affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Children, like adults, can suffer from sleep disorders. For example, some children develop sleep apnea. In children, sleep apnea can be caused by adenoids or tonsils that are abnormally large or dental issues such as a large overbite. Some birth defects, such as a too-small jaw, are also linked to the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Additionally, children are more likely to experience nighttime behaviors such as sleepwalking than adults are.

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